Gar­riott-NC­soft law­suit goes to court Mon­day

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS BRIEFING -

The fed­eral trial pit­ting com­puter gam­ing leg­end Richard Gar­riott against his for­mer em­ployer is set to be­gin.

Gar­riott sued South Korean game com­pany NC­soft Corp. last year, say­ing he lost mil­lions of dol­lars on stock op­tions af­ter the com­pany fired him in 2008. Gar­riott has said he was forced out and that NC­soft had wrongly char­ac­ter­ized his de­par­ture as vol­un­tary.

NC­soft has con­tested Gar­riott’s al­le­ga­tions, in­clud­ing that he had been fired and that the com­pany had cre­ated “false doc­u­men­ta­tion” to in­di­cate he had left vol­un­tar­ily.

The trial is to start Mon­day with jury se­lec­tion in U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks’ court.

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