CA Lawyer Quits, Alleging Interference in Activision Lawsuit

Bloomberg reports (may require registration or subscription) that a state of California lawyer has resigned, accusing the governor's office of interfering with the high-profile sexual harassment lawsuit against Activision Blizzard. The story includes a response from a spokesperson for Governor Newsome saying "claims of interference by our office are categorically false," adding that the governor’s office “will continue to support DFEH in their efforts to fight all forms of discrimination and protect Californians." Here's what happened:
The allegation and loss of the top two lawyers on the case raises questions about the fate of the Activision lawsuit, which accuses the Santa Monica, California-based video game publisher of sexual discrimination and misconduct. The case is currently pending in Los Angeles Superior Court. The lawsuit, which detailed Activision’s “frat boy” culture, led to employee walkouts, calls for the chief executive officer to resign, condemnation from its business partners and a stock plunge that culminated in Microsoft Corp.’s agreement earlier this year to purchase the company for $69 billion.

Proctor said in the email to staff that in recent weeks, California Governor Gavin Newsom and his office “began to interfere” with the Activision suit. “The Office of the Governor repeatedly demanded advance notice of litigation strategy and of next steps in the litigation,” Proctor wrote in the email, which was seen by Bloomberg. “As we continued to win in state court, this interference increased, mimicking the interests of Activision’s counsel.”
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“will continue to [...] fight all forms of discrimination AND protect Californians [such as Activision Blizzard corporate leadership]."

What a noncommittal response from the office of governor Newsome.
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