for the past several months, Activision Blizzard It has been embroiled in controversies as several cases have been filed against it. Recently, Activision Blizzard attempted to strike a settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that could end a three-year-long investigation, only to have another agency sued the company to file a formal objection. However, the EEOC hit back, accusing the offending agency, the California Department for Employment and Housing, of a breach of ethics.
Allegedly, Activision Blizzard’s attempt to settle with the EEOC could lead to evidence related to DFEH’s case against the company being sealed or effectively liquidated. DFEH apparently filed its objection to prevent its case from doing “irreparable harm,” but the EEOC has turned the tables with a new revelation that jeopardizes DFEH’s ethical conduct.
The DFEH is a state department of California, but the EEOC is a federal agency. Reportedly, the California Rule of Professional Conduct bars attorneys from representing DFEH in relation to cases they previously helped direct an investigation into while working with the EEOC. Unfortunately, the EEOC claims this is exactly what the two DFEH lawyers who previously worked on the EEOC’s own investigation of Activision Blizzard—and who were recently involved in filing objections against the EEOC’s settlement – has done it. This could have significant legal consequences for DFEH’s case against Activision Blizzard.
If these allegations are true, it would be a conflict of interest and a breach of professional ethics on top of a violation of California law on the conduct of attorneys. The EEOC’s response memo said the two lawyers, who reportedly hold leadership roles within DFEH in writing, previously helped direct the EEOC’s three-year-long investigation. While he clearly represented the DFEH with respect to the official objection, he was seeking to oppose the consent decree that arose from the investigation he helped direct during his service at the EEOC.
According to the memorandum, the DFEH was aware of the matter and took certain measures to cover up the matter before registering the objection. Reportedly, the DFEH hired new lawyers before appealing that the original two lawyers had apparently worked. It remains to be seen whether these disclosures will have an impact on the current Activision Blizzard lawsuits, as DFEH has yet to respond to this round of allegations.
Source: pc gamer
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