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West/Zampella lawsuit to go to trial

Judge rules Acti must answer fraud charges.

Modern Warfare creators Jason West and Vincent Zampella's case against Activision will now likely go to trial, following a ruling in the pair's favour this week.

As disclosed by The Hollywood Reporter, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge has deemed that there is sufficient evidence to support allegations that Activision defrauded the Infinity Ward co-founders.

West and Zampella filed suit back in March last year, soon after they were sacked by the publisher, claiming wrongful termination and $125 million in missing royalties.

Activision duly launched its own countersuit, insisting the duo were "insubordinate and self-serving schemers who attempted to hijack Activision's assets for their own personal gain."

It then later pulled West and Zampella's new backers EA into the fray, demanding $400 million in damages for attempting to poach the pair while they were still under contract.

Providing out-of-court settlements aren't reached, both cases should finally go to trial in either late 2011 or early 2012. Popcorn at the ready.

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