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Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey Entangled in Lawsuits


Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey Entangled in Lawsuits

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey entangled in lawsuits with Total Recall Technologies and Fallout parent publisher, ZeniMax. It seems that there is no way of getting out of these cases, more so, considering that a district judge in San Francisco has ordered that a part of a lawsuit against Palmer Luckey can proceed.

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Total Recall Technologies, a company, which Palmer Luckey used to work of, is suing the Oculus founder for breaching his contract. TRT claims that he took confidential information from the company and presented it as if it was his.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup ruled on Saturday that these claims of Palmer breaching his contract could proceed. Yet, the judge dismissed the other civil claims, which were made by TRT – including a claim, which says that Palmer Luckey defrauded the company.

The Hawaiian-based company started the lawsuit in May of 2015. The company, which develops head mounted displays, sued the Oculus founder for violating his confidentiality and NDA agreement.

The lawsuit, TRT claims, is blaming Palmer Luckey for stealing data and feedback collected from the company’s prototype head-mounted displays, and using them to further develop his own device – which we now know as the Oculus Rift VR headset.

Palmer Luckey denies these allegations, and notes that these legal issues are concoctions from companies that want a slice from the $2 billion bread, which Facebook spent when it purchased Oculus VR in March of 2014.

As we mentioned at the beginning of the post, Palmer Luckey is also in a legal battle with Fallout parent publisher ZeniMax Media. The lawsuit claims that there are certain trade secrets that made their way to the virtual reality company. ZeniMax Media says that an ex-employee of theirs, which now works for Oculus, has spilled the beans – information that, the lawsuit claims, was crucial to the development of the virtual reality headset.

Regardless of the outcome, the Oculus Rift VR headset will continue to be released this March, and if you want to be part of the early adopters, you’ll have to shell out $599. But, if you don’t have a VR-ready PC, then it means that you have to pump some more cash.

Dell’s Alienware department has partnered with Oculus, and they are taking pre-orders for VR-ready machines that come bundled with an Oculus Rift headset – they are also shaving $200 off of the base price if you acquire the bundle.

HTC and Valve’s VR-baby also has a street date of Spring 2016.

We’re quite curious to see these three giants battle things out. Who do you think will be the winner? What about Sony’s Project Morpheus VR headset, will it take the prize from under the three?

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