Zenimax v Oculus court case to go ahead

Looks like John Carmack is headed to court, with a judge refusing to throw out the lawsuit where ZeniMax Media accuses its former employee of stealing trade secrets and code and taking them to Oculus VR.

John Carmack

John Carmack

Carmack has long denied the charges, prompting both Oculus and company co-founder Palmer Luckey to request that the case be dismissed by the District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Judge Jorge A. Solis ruled against both requests last month, and earlier this week ruled against a third defendant – Facebook – meaning the case will have its day in court.

The lawsuit says that Carmack provided information and help to Luckey as he was initially starting the Oculus company, well before Carmack joined up as Chief Technology Officer.

At this stage, it’s too soon to predict any sort of outcome, but Judge Solis has asked ZeniMax to simply show enough facts in order to make a plausible claim. He says that it could be anyone’s game, and we’ll have to wait a while to find out how true that is – a jury trial will start August 1, 2016.

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