Whenever a new hot device gets the kind of attention like the Oculus Rift is getting now, there are always legal claims made against its makers. Oculus is already facing a lawsuit from Zenimax, which claims Oculus outright stole VR technology. But a new suit has come to the surface, this one aimed directly at Palmer Luckey, the found of Oculus. And a judge says this one can move forward.
The suit comes from a company called Total Recall. They allegedly hired Luckey to help them develop a VR headset. First of all, they say that he had signed a confidentiality agreement. Secondly they say he used all of the feedback and other information that the company provided to him in eventually creating the Oculus Rift.
Total Recall filed numerous claims against Luckey, but the only one the judge allowed to continue was the breach of contract claim. Luckey doesn’t seem phased. He called the suit “a brazen attempt to secure for itself a stake in Oculus VR’s recent multi-billion dollar acquisition by Facebook.”
The Zenimax suit is still waiting to be heard by a judge, so we don’t know whether that one will move forward or not. Zenimax claims that John Carmack and a number of other employees who left Zenimax to work for Oculus took a lot of information with them.
Since the lawsuits seem to pouring in, we may see even more come to the surface before the Oculus Rift launches later this year.