BY: LUKE KARMALI
AUGUST 20, 2014
The ongoing battle between Marty O'Donnell and ex-employer Bungie continues, as the developer has been ordered to return shares to the Halo composer.
VentureBeat has obtained court documents showing that when O'Donnell departed the studio, his shares were taken away following an agreement that explains if he left voluntarily, he would not be allowed to keep his founders' shares. Seeing as there seems to be some confusion regarding whether he jumped or was pushed, it's not hugely surprising to find this clause is a source of conflict, especially with Destiny's imminent release.
Though Bungie argues that if O'Donnell's shares were restored he'd be a "bothersome presence at board meetings and in the company", Judge Sharon Armstrong at JAMS, Inc. in Seattle decided after a hearing last week to grant O'Donnell's request for a preliminary injunction to get his stock back.
Last month a court ordered Bungie to pay the composer $95,019 to cover unpaid work, outstanding vacation time and damages. Before he was let go, O'Donnell was scoring Destiny, which is why the studio's claims they parted "as friends" just six months before the game was finished was somewhat surprising.
O’Donnell, who joined Bungie full-time just 10 days before Microsoft acquired the studio back in June, 2000, was fired "without cause" on April 11 this year.
Sourced Via IGN