Oculus files motion for new trial to battle $500 million in damages sought by Zenimax

Oculus files motion for new trial to battle $500 million in damages sought by Zenimax

Oculus has filed a motion for a new trial to contest the decision made in an earlier trial that saw Zenimax awarded $500 million over staff failure to comply with an NDA

As reported by UploadVR, the VR manufacturer is claiming that the damages awarded were excessive and that the verdict was based on "unreliable and prejudicial expert testimony".

Oculus is also claiming that the judgement was made "against the great weight of the evidence" and that the jury was "tainted" by poor testimony.

Stick to the NDA

Another motion filed by Oculus states that Zenimax's claims are inadmissible due to the delay in making them in the first place. No response has yet been given to either motion.

Zenimax sued Oculus in February 2017 on the grounds of the misappropriation of trade secrets. Legal proceedings for the case had started back in May 2014.

The court eventually found Oculus not guilty, but ruled that Oculus had failed to comply with NDAs, ordering the company, Brendan Iribe and Palmer Luckey to pay a hefty compensation totalling $500 million.

Palmer Lucker, Co-Founder of Oculus, left the company not long after the ruling in March 2017 for unknown reasons. He is currently set to pay $50 million in damages as part of the original lawsuit.


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