Activision-Blizzard is denied its request to pause the DFEH lawsuit

    
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Over the course of Activision-Blizzard’s continued legal and federal scrutiny for its sexual harassment and discrimination issues, a strange wrinkle had developed. Readers will recall that California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the agency originally behind the lawsuit, had objected to an $18M settlement the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had reached with Blizzard. The EEOH fired back, claiming ethics violations due to two of the lawyers working for the DFEH originally being a part of the EEOC’s federal case.

It all culminated in ActiBlizz seeking a pause in the DFEH lawsuit in order for company attorneys to investigate the EEOC’s claim. This past Friday, however, ActiBlizz saw its request for a pause denied by the Los Angeles County Court. The judge who rendered the decision, Judge Timothy Patrick Dillion, did not elaborate on his reasoning, but the ruling was made within less than a week.

To date, the suit filed by the EEOC is the only one that has been settled: ActiBlizz still faces an SEC investigation, a National Labor Relations Board lawsuit, and now the confirmed continuation of the DFEH lawsuit that kicked the whole thing off.

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Arktouros

This is actually all pretty wild of a decision when you read the DFEH’s response why this pause should have been denied initially.

For one we learned a lot of really important facts like the EEOC investigation started before the DFEH’s investigation by a full month. So EEOC was first to the ball there in this whole mess, which makes the DFEH objecting to the EEOC’s settlement really crazy cause they were first there. Especially because said settlement is entirely voluntary opt in meaning it has no impact on the DFEH case unless people choose to opt into it which is entirely their choice. Just like it’s their choice to have nothing to do with the DFEH case and seek their own lawsuit if they want as well and it’s really weird that the DFEH thinks it has the right to tell victims what they can and can’t do.

For two they included a whole boatload of emails that show the EEOC and DFEH were fighting the entire time over how they wanted their cases to proceed and ActiBlizz was given conflicting directions by the two organizations. That alone should have triggered an investigation into the two organizations and the case that developed let alone anyone moving over.

The less than a week makes sense since this was an expedited request by both parties to have the judge quickly decide the matter. This is actually the 3rd motion filed “ex parte” (emergency) so far that all get quickly decided. This one in particular was filed as an emergency because ActiBlizz owes the court a document but wouldn’t if the judge ruled an investigation was needed into the conflict between EEOC and DFEH and it’s lawyers.

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Danny Smith

“b-b-b-b-but didn’t you see our fruit paintings?!?”

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Bryan Correll

ActiBlizz seeking a pause in the DFEH lawsuit in order for company attorneys to investigate the EEOC’s claim.

AB probably doesn’t have standing to determine which government agency has priority.

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jimthomasUS

I don’t understand why Activision-Blizzard continues to make choices that prevent me from playing their games.

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Java Jawa

Consequence

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Bruno Brito

You can’t see it, but i’m dancing on top of my table.

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Ken from Chicago

I’m playing the world’s smallest violin for you to dance an interpretive dance over Acti-Blizz’s tragedy. 😭😭😭🤣

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Bruno Brito

“Your bills are paid for in blood.

The ticking of the clock.

The yelling of the capitalist.

Lunch-hour. Happy-hour.

Stardust.”

*body is moving*