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Total Recall’s Oculus VR Lawsuit Allowed to Proceed

Oculus VR may be gearing up for the launch of the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) in a few months’ time, but the company still has some pressing legal battles to sort through. Arguably the most high-profile of these is its ongoing suit with Zenimax Media, the parent company of the former employer of Oculus VR’s John Carmack in Bethesda Softworks. While that battle has recently hit a few snags, it doesn’t appear Oculus VR is catching much of a break in its other battle with Total Recall Technologies either.

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According to Reuters, last weekend saw San Francisco U.S. District Judge William Alsup rule that Total Recall Technologies could proceed with a claim of a breach of contract against Oculus VR founder and Oculus Rift creator, Palmer Luckey. VR fans will remember that this suit was first brought up all the way back in May 2015, when the company filed claims that it had approached Luckey in late 2010 before the invention of the Oculus Rift and contracted him to make a prototype of a 3D HMD. Luckey reportedly signed a nondisclosure agreement that was, according to Total Recall Technologies, breached when he ran the 2012 Kickstarter campaign for the Oculus Rift.

That said, it’s not all bad news for Oculus VR. Claims of fraud and some of the other allegations levelled at the company were thrown out, leaving this apparent breach of contract as the main item. Luckey himself has labelled the lawsuit as “a brazen attempt to secure for itself a stake in Oculus VR’s recent multi-billion dollar acquisition by Facebook.”

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