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Virtual Legality Episode 517

The Devil in the Details (California v Activision Blizzard)

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California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) lawsuit against Activision Blizzard continues to cause reputational damage to the global game publisher.

With pictures now coming out of the alleged Cosby Suite and close ties to the "auditor" of their policies and procedures identified, it really is the case that the devil is in the details.

Those "Crosby" stills might just make your teeth gnash...in Virtual Legality.

#California #Activision #Lawsuit


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Discussed in this episode:
"California vs Activision Blizzard: A Legal View"
YouTube Playlist - Hoeg Law
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1zDCgJzZUy9PBxr5dNcoQLh2erIt2XrZ

"Activision Blizzard employees protest sexist 'frat boy' workplace culture via walkout"
GameDaily Biz - July 28, 2021
https://gamedaily.biz/article/2121/activision-blizzard-employees-protest-sexist-frat-boy-workplace-culture-at-company-walkout

DFEH (California) vs Activision Blizzard et al
Filed July 20, 2021
https://aboutblaw.com/YJw

"Inside Blizzard Developers’ Infamous Bill ‘Cosby Suite’"
Kotaku - July 28, 2021
https://kotaku.com/inside-blizzard-developers-infamous-bill-cosby-suite-1847378762

"Yeah. There’s no way in hell Activision wants discovery."
Tweet - July 28, 2021 - Hoeg Law
https://twitter.com/HoegLaw/status/1420459656561012739

"Bill Cosby: Timeline of his fall from 'America's Dad' to his release from prison"
ABC News Website - Updated June 30, 2021
https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/bill-cosby-trial-complete-timeline-happened-2004/story?id=47799458

"Bill Cosby sexual assault cases"
Wikipedia Entry
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Cosby_sexual_assault_cases

"Why Are Old Assault Claims Against Bill Cosby Back?"
NBC News Website - Updated November 17, 2014
https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/celebrity/why-are-old-assault-claims-against-bill-cosby-back-n250161

"I just shared this message..."
Tweet - Jul 28, 2021 - Greg Street
https://twitter.com/Ghostcrawler/status/1420505317314420736

"Blizzcon 2013: The Cosby Suite"
Medium Post - July 28, 2021 - Joshua Mosqueira
https://medium.com/@jmosq/blizzcon-2013-the-cosby-suite-76e27cff6e4e

"A Letter From CEO Bobby Kotick to All Employees"
July 27, 2021
https://investor.activision.com/node/34326/pdf

"Law firm reviewing Activision Blizzard policies connected to Executive VP"
UpComer - July 27, 2021
https://www.upcomer.com/activision-blizzard-ceo-bobby-kotick-outlines-generic-plan-to-fix-broken-company-culture/

SEC Letter
January 19, 2021 - WilmerHale on behalf of Activision Blizzard
https://www.sec.gov/divisions/corpfin/cf-noaction/14a-8/2021/aflciouawactivision011921-14a8-incoming.pdf

"WoW Team Issues Statement, Vows To Remove "Not Appropriate" References From The Game"
GameSpot - July 27, 2021
https://www.gamespot.com/articles/wow-team-issues-statement-vows-to-remove-not-appropriate-references-from-the-game/1100-6494490/


"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).

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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.


DESIGN WORK
Joe Ellis (Logo Design)
Chris Leroux (Motion Graphics)
For more information: contact Chris at @Chrisleroux on Twitter.

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Table of Contents

Timecode Title
00:00 Introduction and Disclaimers
01:33 24 Hours of Trouble
2:53 The Cosby Suite
14:23 The Cosby Timeline - Plausible Deniability
22:05 Cosby Suite Responses
27:47 Hiring Your Own Lawyers to Audit You
31:53 Conclusion

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