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Virtual Legality Episode 113

Randy Pitchford and Gearbox Exonerated?! What it All Means

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Despite heated court filings, public name-calling, and more, Gearbox Software (Borderlands 3), Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford, and former general counsel Wade Callender, have hung up their swords and settled the cases between them.

What is unusual about the resolution (and not so unusual)?

How does the timing of the settlement relate to Gearbox and its game offerings?

And what new lawsuit will have Gearbox in court all over again?

Settlements are their own kind of disappearing act...in Virtual Legality.

#RandyPitchford #Gearbox #Borderlands


Discussed in this episode:

"Randy Pitchford's $12 Million Magic Trick: A Lawyer's View (VL69) (Hoeg Law)"
Hoeg Law YouTube Video - Jun 24, 2019
https://youtu.be/PP4qsoBSZvc

"Former Gearbox employee provides proof Randy Pitchford diverted funds to personal company"
GameDailyBiz - June 18, 2019 - Mike Futter
https://gamedaily.biz/article/965/former-gearbox-employee-provides-proof-randy-pitchford-diverted-funds-to-personal-company

Plaintiff's Third Amended Petition
Callender v Gearbox (Pitchford)
June 12, 2019
https://courtsportal.dallascounty.org/DALLASPROD/DocumentViewer/Embedded/1bJ-uOeaXZ1AY0DXpUjP42TcFVPzR-WiMmMGugjv4e4WGb7Lm2fX-tE1G8lz1XwmDMfLZwHcPKc8qXEP1CLiYg2?p=0

"Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford and former lawyer bring end to messy legal dispute"
Eurogamer - October 4, 2019 - Matt Wales
https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2019-10-03-gearbox-ceo-randy-pitchford-and-former-lawyer-bring-end-to-messy-legal-dispute

"Court dismisses lawsuit accusing the CEO behind the blockbuster 'Borderlands' video games of lewd behavior and mismanagement of funds"
Business Insider - October 3, 2019 - Kevin Webb
https://www.businessinsider.com/gearbox-ceo-randy-pitchford-lawsuit-dismissed-2019-10

"'Duke Nukem 3D' composer Bobby Prince sues Gearbox over alleged unpaid royalties"
GameDailyBiz - September 30, 2019 - Sam Desatoff
https://gamedaily.biz/article/1251/duke-nukem-3d-composer-bobby-prince-sues-gearbox-over-alleged-unpaid-royalties


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"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

Rick has practiced for more than a decade at some of the country's largest law firms, representing IT, software, video game, and other technology companies, as well as the individuals and institutions which fund them.

DISCUSSION IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN THE LEGAL TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS VIDEO SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR OWN COUNSEL.

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