There's going to be some messy litigation in Texas. Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford and former gearbox in-house attorney Wade Callender are suing each other in two separate actions, both alleged that the other have their legal bonds to the company.
As discovered by Kotaku, Gearbox originally filed a lawsuit against Calling in November 2018 for misusing company funds. It said that the caller borrowed money from the company for a home loan and tuition that was not fully paid back. Further, Callender is accused of abusing a Gearbox company credit card for personal expenses such as "family vacations, gun club memberships and firearms accessories, and trying to get six-pack abs."
The case against Callender, which was filed in Texas' Collin County District Court, can be accessed here but there is no option to view the individual pleadings. However, Callendar answered the Complaint earlier this week and also filed a motion to change venue.
Callender then sued both Pitchford and Gearbox in December 201
Callender is still and active licensed attorney in Texas according to the Texas Bar Association. Attorneys, who are de facto officers of the court, have an elevated ethical duty to tell the truth and to avoid filing frivolous actions. That being said, Callender's claims of underage pornography could be seen as the subject of a beloved suit and disciplinary action if untrue; however, it's important to note that truth is an absolute defense to defamation claims. (Side note: I'm not sure what the underage pornography allegation even has in a civil suit when Callendar isn't the injured party at the existence of that USB drive.)
It's all a lot to process and we re just at the very beginning. In a statement to Kotaku, Gearbox said " The allegations made by a disgruntled former employee are absurd, with no basis in reality or law. We look forward to addressing this meritless lawsuit in court and have no further comment at this time. "
Pitchford and Callender were lifelong friends since childhood before their relationship soured in recent years. This is going to be a bumpy ride.
[ Update: Gearbox then sent a follow-up statement to Kotaku concerning Callender's claims: " Gearbox will be filing a grievance with the Wade for disciplinary proceedings for filing a lawsuit that includes accusations that he knows to be untrue The lawyer's rules of professional conduct expressly prohibit the filing of documents that are knowingly false. itself – his use of hedged lawyer language and relay application of quotation marks betray that he knows that the impression is trying to create is based in lies. angles of defense when we inevitably take action against him for false statements. Wade is engaged in a shakedown and is clearly using deceit and reads to cause damage to promoting a narrative that knows is false. "]
Former Gearbox Lawyer Accuses CEO Randy Pitchford Of Taking Secret $ 12 Million Bonus In Lawsuit Gearbox Calls 'Absurd' [Kotaku]
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