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Lawyer in California gives up: Governor Gavin Newsom is accused of interfering in Activision Blizzard’s lawsuit

A California state attorney has resigned, accusing state Gov. Gavin Newsom of interfering in the active discrimination lawsuit against game publisher Activision Blizzard.

In July 2021, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard, alleging that the company promotes a “pervasive frat boy culture” in which women were allegedly sexually harassed and paid lower wages.

Since then, ActiBlizz has settled an $18 million settlement — the first of many settlements to come — as the game developer will set up a fund to support victims of sexual harassment as part of the deal.

Now the Chief Counsel of the Department of Fair Employment has been fired, prompting an aide to resign in protest at Gov. Gavin Newsom’s alleged “meddling” in the Activision Blizzard case.

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Activision Blizzard was acquired by Microsoft in January.

The California government is accused of “meddling” in the ActiBlizz case

A new report from Bloomberg revealed key details about the allegations against Governor Newsom.

According to the report, Chief Counsel Janette Wipper was suddenly fired from Newsom in March 2022, prompting Melanie Proctor, the deputy chief counsel of California’s DFEH, to resign in protest.

Proctor had emailed employees prior to her departure that Governor Newsom was “starting to get involved in the Activision Blizzard case.”

She also said: “The governor’s office has repeatedly requested advance notice of litigation strategy and next steps in the litigation. As we continued to win in state courts, this interference increased and mimicked the interests of Activision’s attorney.”

Wipper claims she was “trying to protect the FBI” but was fired from her position. After Wipper was removed from her post, Proctor resigned on April 13 “in protest of the interference and Janette’s termination”.

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Activision Blizzard has been accused of promoting a “frat boy” culture.

After her release, Janette Wipper said she was checking “all legal channels”.

As of now, the fate of the monumental lawsuit is uncertain.

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Emma Bowman

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