Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey Sued by former Employer

Virtual reality company Oculus VR was purchased by Facebook for $2 billion dollars. Since then there have been a number of companies that have come out of the wood work and filed suit against the company. For example, ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda Softworks, filed suit when former employee John Carmack joined Oculus as Chief Technology Officer. They claimed Carmack took propriety VR knowledge to Oculus.

This week Total Recall Technologies has filed a lawsuit against Palmer Luckey, company founder and creator of the Oculus Rift, for: 1) ‘Breach of Contract’ on Luckey’s behalf, 2) a ‘Breach of the Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing’ again levelled at the designer, 3) aimed at both Luckey and Oculus VR itself, accuses the pair of ‘Conversion’, in which Total Recall Technologies-owned property was used for the Oculus Rift. Finally, 4) cause lists ‘Constructive Fraud’ against both.

The company claims to have talked to Luckey in 2010 to create a 3D head mounted display, and that Luckey signed both a contract and nondisclosure agreement for the project.

Total Recall Technologies claims Luckey used the propriety tech he got from them and used it in 2012 for his hit Oculus Kickstarter that raised over $2 million in 2012. . “Without informing the Partnership, on information and belief, Luckey took the information he learned from the Partnership, as well as the prototype that he built for the TRT using design features and other confidential information and materials supplied by the Partnership, and passed it off to others as his own,” according to the official complaint.