Getting a little worried that all these suits crashing into each other like this is going to end with none of them resolving adequately...
Man who would have thought governmental extortion would be a mess? Everyone wants a piece of the pie now that Blizz is willing to shell out. Corrupt bureaucrats gonna corrupt. No one looks good in this situation, but atleast Blizz won't be wrong when they said the DFEH was behaving improperly.
California DFEH failed and this is getting worse by the second. They will have to throw out all the lawsuits after they get done messing around.
In common English please?
Lol this entire lawsuit drama arc is going to kill Blizzard.It's all so extremely cringe.
What does this all mean? I'm not a lawyer and I don't understand these kind of situations.
Can someone please dumb this down for the rest of us who aren't involved in law or any kind of government?
There seems to be a fair share of confusion and wishes for something of a TL;DR, so I'll try to make one in as few words as possible! As a fair warning though, I will make it very simple. I am not trying to paint anyone as stupid, I'm just being very, very basic and clear by explaining exactly everything as per my knowledge!_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Honestly, I find it weird that people think that the lawsuit will destroy ActiBlizz as a company when lawsuits don't do that. They are basically the legal version of calling someone out for messing up badly. There's never been a company that's been lawsuited to death to my knowledge. How a company typically goes bankrupt is losing a massive amount of consumers and/or having terrible management of resources (not just resources in the terms of physical material, but workers, time, etc.)I think that ActiBlizz is hurting harder than other companies in other industries because this industry has a more intimate interaction between the consumers and the companies. You don't care if Fruit of the Loom gets a lawsuit for , you just care that they make your shirts; but with ActiBlizz there's a more intimate interaction between us and them because they are providing a dynamic and changing source of entertainment (or lack thereof in this case) that they need feedback for. Not to mention the countless hours and days we spend with their titles. Hence why when we see all of this going down, we feel betrayed because we thought they could be trusted with not only our feedback, our time, and our money, but their workers and their efforts. Because of that intimacy we feel that "betrayal", even though at the end of the day ActiBlizz is a company: the people who were managing it were making idiotic decisions for short-term profit, and the people in the lower lines had to suffer the brunt of the feedback for these decisions, all the while being harassed.With all of that said, the $18 million being the cap that the EEOC could settle for is low comparative to ActiBlizz's wealth, but it's more about sending a message-- a message of which ActiBlizz has been feeling the heat of for the past 2 months. $18 million seems low, but the untold amount of profits lost from cancelled subscriptions and lost hype for new titles makes up for the low pre-determined cost from the lawsuit. Because of the fact that this industry has it's companies be so close with their consumers, the backlash has been magnified. We see all of this come down the pipeline and think that it's the end of the company, even though it isn't directly. The lawsuits aren't going to break the company, the self-fulfilling prophecy of the community around it will. At the end of the day, the state of California and the U.S. government just called out ActiBlizz to get their act together and stop having and hiring people who can't keep their grubby little hands off the new intern, and hopefully to call them out on just harassing their lower line entirely. But we as the community keep driving this idea that ActiBlizz is dying out because of the lawsuits even though we also keep saying that $18 million is such a low number, but at the end of the day, ActiBlizz is a company; as long as money's flowing, they'll keep going, and they know that having a community pushing this self-fulfilling downfall isn't helping and they want this legalese BS to stop too so that they can start kicking back into high gear.
I could never imagine that being a WoW fan will allow me to learn about the US legal system. Learning gaming experience taken to a new level.
This is not going to kill Blizzard at all. Blizzard reached a settlement on the Federal Level for a victim's compensation fund. The State of California is objecting to that settlement because the State of California wants to be able to seek a high PUNITIVE monetary amount from the company. Note that the State of California is seeking guilt in order to levy fines, they haven't gotten to the monetary amount yet. But as with Riot Games the State of California sought $400 million. Most of that money goes into the State budget - NOT the actual victims. There are two types of damages sought in US civil court. Punitive damages are fines and such meant to penalize for an action, then there are Compensatory damages. These are amount awarded by the court to compensate for loss. Normally, any US Citizen not living in California wishes that California would slide off into the ocean. Why? Because the California State government is inept and corrupt to no end. So does this mean Blizzard is right and nothing happened? No, Not at all. It's obvious things were happening there that are not cool and the company needed to change. And it is doing just that. But whatever the State of California says is most certainly overblown by a lot. California tried strong arming Blizzard and further tried lying to the Courts about it and got caught by the Federal Labor agency handling this. Whatever the State of California does now should they proceed, will be ammunition that Blizzard can use in the appeals court. This is going to be a long lawsuit, but it will and for now the State of California has not only shot itself in the foot but blown it's foot clean off.
If I may interject with a lawyer’s perspective: while undoubtedly messy, this situation is not at all uncommon in such high profile cases. The US legal system has an inherent flaw in the way the State and Federal prosecutors fight over who gets to take credit for “taking down” a big target. Careers are often at stake and egos clash. It’s unfortunate but career attorneys are people too and also susceptible to pettiness. The judge’s order is akin to a sport’s coach pulling off two of his feuding players off the field and telling them to hash it out in the locker room before they can come back and bring their A game. The matter will get resolved and the suits will move forward, you can be sure of that.
my kudos to Archimtiros, he has done a better way to sumarize what is goin on than most if not all so far articles in any media including this one itself.thanks, and hope you get all the nice stuff this x-mass.