Lawyer Alleges California Governor Meddled in Activision-Blizzard Case in Resignation

The company's legal saga continues.

The fuckery around the ongoing legal troubles over at Activision-Blizzard continues, as Bloomberg reports the lawyer assigned to the case has resigned after alleging the California governor’s office has been interfering by terminating Chief Counsel Jannette Wipper.

According to Bloomberg’s report, California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing Assistant Chief Counsel Melanie Proctor emailed staff on Tuesday, April 12, telling them she is resigning out of protest following the abrupt firing of Wipper by California Governor Gavin Newsom. Both lawyers stepped down from the Activision-Blizzard case earlier this month, but the circumstances were confirmed by a representative to Bloomberg. The outlet verified that Proctor said in the email that Newsom and his office “began to interfere” with the lawsuit. According to Proctor, Wipper was “abruptly terminated” as she sought to “protect” the agency’s independence, and Proctor’s resignation is an act of protest.

“The Office of the Governor repeatedly demanded advance notice of litigation strategy and of next steps in the litigation,” Proctor said in the email. “As we continued to win in state court, this interference increased, mimicking the interests of Activision’s counsel.”

A spokeswoman for Wipper told Bloomberg she is “evaluating all avenues of legal recourse including a claim under the California Whistleblower Protection Act.” The governor’s spokesperson referred Bloomberg to a spokesperson for the DFEH, who said they wouldn’t comment on personnel matters, but “will continue to vigorously enforce California’s civil rights and fair housing laws.”

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Christ. What a shitshow. This is but one of several lawsuits Activision-Blizzard is facing right now regarding the company’s workplace culture and the tragic consequences of it. However, the company did reach a settlement to the tune of $18 million for one of them at the end of last month.