Oculus VR Founder Palmer Luckey is to be sued for breach of contract by Hawaii-based company Total Recall Technologies after U.S. District Judge William Alsup ruled in San Francisco that part of a pending lawsuit could proceed against the founder of Facebook’s Virtual Reality glasses unit Oculus VR Inc [In 2014, Facebook bought out Oculus for $2 billion] The U.S. District Judge did, however, dismiss several different claims filed by the same company which alleged the Oculus founder had also passed off its confidential information as his own work.
Palmer Luckey was hired by Total Recall in 2011 to build head-mounted display unit
On Saturday 16th January in San Francisco, California, U.S. District Judge William Alsup ruled that a breach of contract claim could now proceed against Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey. However, Alsup dismissed other civil claims brought by Total Recall Technologies, which also included fraud.
Palmer Luckey was hired in 2011 to build a prototype head-mounted display unit for Total Recall and at the time signed a confidentiality agreement, according to the lawsuit which was filed last year.
Total Recall claim Oculus VR Founder Luckey received various feedback and information to assist in improving the design of the prototype throughout 2011 and 2012. According to the Lawsuit, Total Recall claim that Luckey had then opted to use the information he had learned from his partnership with the company when he launched a successful Kickstarter campaign for his own head-mounted display – the Oculus Rift, Luckey’s successful campaign on Kickstarter saw the Oculus Rift raise $2,437,429 of just a $250,000 goal.
Palmer Luckey will defend the claims, and called the lawsuit “a brazen attempt to secure for itself a stake in Oculus VR’s recent multi-billion dollar acquisition by Facebook.“