Activision-Blizzard is suing the Department of Fair Employment and Housing for a variety of reasons, but one is that they believe it has “unlawfully interfered with its contractual relationships.” A federal court found in favor of Activision-Blizzard.
Activision-Blizzard is denied its request to pause the DFEH lawsuit. The company planned to put on hold litigation against the FTC in order to focus on games that are not loot boxes.
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A curious wrinkle had evolved during Activision-ongoing Blizzard’s judicial and regulatory examination for its sexual harassment and discrimination concerns. Readers may remember that the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, which initiated the litigation, had opposed to a $18 million settlement agreed with Blizzard by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOH retaliated, alleging ethical issues since two of the DFEH’s attorneys were previously involved in the EEOC’s federal litigation.
All of this ended in ActiBlizz requesting a stay of the DFEH case so that business lawyers could examine the EEOC’s accusations. The Los Angeles County Court, on the other hand, refused ActiBlizz’s plea for a delay on Friday. Judge Timothy Patrick Dillion, who issued the judgement, did not expand on his reasons, although the decision was made in less than a week.
The EEOC action is the only one that has been resolved so far; ActiBlizz is still facing an SEC investigation, a National Labor Relations Board lawsuit, and now the verified continuance of the DFEH complaint that started it all.
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