According to a report on Yahoo Finance
), Activision and EA will have their time in court, as a Los Angeles Judge has ruled that sufficient evidence has been suplied for the suit to proceed -- dismissing EA's request to dispell proceedings.
The $400 million claim concerns alledged "contract-interferences" that Activision claims influenced the depature of Call of Duty developers and Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince Zampella, who have since formed new studio Respawn entertainment and will publish their first yet-to-be-announced game with EA.
Activision claims West and Zampella hired industry firm Creative Artists Agency to seek other employment while still under contract, and were even secretly flown via private jet to San Francisco to attend a barbecue held at EA CEO John Riccietello’s home during August 2009.
The firm also alleges EA had plans in place to finance and co-own a studio from West, Zampella and other employees who left Infinity Ward – a studio the publisher purchased in 2003.
The case will now move to trial on May 7th 2012.