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Judge dismisses TRT 'Breach of Contract' Lawsuit Against Oculus

Judge dismisses TRT 'Breach of Contract' Lawsuit Against Oculus

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It looks like Oculus has one less legal battle to worry about after a northern California court dismissed a ‘breach of contract’ lawsuit filed against the company by Total Recall Technologies (TRT).

Total Recall Technologies had first filed the suit back in 2015, which claimed that Oculus founder Palmer Luckey had violated a confidentiality agreement he signed when the company hired him to work on a prototype head-mounted display for TRT. After completing an initial build, the two parties eventually ceased communicating and went on their separate ways, however, TRT alleges that Luckey used the knowledge and feedback he gained from the project to develop the Oculus Rift headset.

Luckey previously described TRT’s allegations as “a brazen attempt to secure for itself a stake in Oculus VR’s recent multi-billion dollar acquisition by Facebook.”

Although TRT was granted permission in January 2016 to proceed with part of its lawsuit, U.S. District Judge William Alsup has now thrown out the entire suit because one of TRT’s co-founders, Thomas Seidl, refused to consent to any legal action be taken against Luckey. As a result, the lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice.

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“We are pleased with the Court’s ruling to dismiss TRT’s entire case with prejudice,” an Oculus spokesperson told TechCrunch. “Our commitment to VR is the same. We are focused on expanding and pursuing our vision for this transformative technology.”

Last month, Oculus was ordered to pay $500 million in the trial against ZeniMax Media for copyright infringement and false designation, however, Oculus has suggested that it will appeal the verdict. Also, in a related suit filed last week, Oculus CTO John Carmack is suing ZeniMax for $22.5 million in unpaid earnings owed to him from the acquisition of his video game studio of id Software.

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