Oculus Facing Another Lawsuit
Oculus VR and Palmer Luckey accused of breach of contract and fraud.
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Oculus VR, the Facebook-owned company behind the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, is facing another lawsuit. As reported by Reuters, a new lawsuit filed this week makes serious accusations against Oculus VR and the Rift creator Palmer Luckey.
Per the report, the lawsuit accuses Luckey of "taking confidential information he learned while working with another company and passing it off as his own."
The company in question is Total Recall Technologies. The Hawaii-based company says in its filing that it hired Luckey in 2011 to create a prototype virtual reality headset; he even signed a confidentiality agreement, the lawsuit says.
"Throughout the latter half of 2011 and into 2012, Luckey received feedback and information to improve the design of the display," Reuters explains. "However, Luckey used information he learned from his partnership when he launched a Kickstarter campaign for his own head mounted display called the Oculus Rift, according to the lawsuit."
Total Recall Technologies is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. However, a specific dollar amount was not mentioned in the suit. The lawsuit claims Luckey committed breach of contract and fraud.
When approached by Reuters, a representative for Facebook declined to comment on the lawsuit. We also reached out to Oculus, but the company declined to comment. Get the full story over at Reuters.
This isn't the only lawsuit Oculus is currently facing. A year ago this week, Fallout parent publisher ZeniMax accused Oculus VR of stealing virtual reality technology that would later become the Rift.
Oculus recently announced that the Rift consumer model will be released in the first part of 2016, while the device's PC system requirements have also been revealed. Pricing, however, is still under wraps.
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