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Facebook's Oculus Rift Gets Sued for Fraud

Oculus Rift founder, Palmer (not so) Luckey, is being sued for breaking a confidentiality agreement from a previous employer.


Palmer Luckey is the genius behind the ground breaking virtual reality headset, Oculus Rift. However, he is now at the risk of being sued because his previous employer, Total Recall Technologies, claims he used information and feedback that he gained from working for their company in 2011, in order to refine the Oculus headset. 


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With Oculus Rift having just sold to Facebook for $2bn in March, things could get pretty hairy. Total Recall Technologies say that Luckey signed a non-disclosure agreement and that he has been passing off their research as his own.

Oculus VR have denied the allegations and released a statement which said “The case is meritless and we will vigorously defend ourselves.”

Not so big, Hawaiian company, Total Recall Technologies are being brave coming up against Oculus VR’s giant social media owner. Especially considering the fact that Oculus already had some legal allegations made around the time of the Facebook sale. 

The opposing company was called ZeniMax and they accused Oculus of “misappropriation of trade secrets, copyright infringement, breach of contract, unfair competition, unjust enrichment, trademark infringement and false designation.” That’s a lot of legal jargon, so let us break it down: Basically, ZeniMax turned down an opportunity to invest in Oculus and later regretted that decision. 

ZeniMax were left ridiculed after they were told that the performance was an obvious attempt to take advantage of the Oculus VR sale to Facebook.


The complaint involving TRT has been filed with the US District Court in California. They will be represented by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, an infamous global law firm, known to handle business for Google! It is only a matter of time until we see how Oculus will suit up in court and how the situation unfolds. I wonder if Luckey will live up to his name and slither through yet another accusation.  


Megan Herdson
Megan is a country girl who moved to the city with some big dreams. She is studying her MA in Creative Writing whilst also managing an American Football Team.  She loves her blog and wants nothing more than to have her words read. That and to win the Championship, obviously. Follow her @MeganAtSMF



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Facebook's Oculus Rift Gets Sued for Fraud Reviewed by Megan Herdson on Monday, June 01, 2015 Rating: 5

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