A California judge has just upped the stakes in the trade secrets and IP battle between *Activision* and Scratch: The Ultimate DJ creators Genius Products and Numark Industries: he granted the smaller companies a restraining order against *Activision* and its subsidiary 7 Studios. The ruling forces Activision (NSDQ: ATVI) to return all assets pertaining to the upcoming Scratch DJ game, and prohibits 7 Studios from further discussing any details about the game with its parent company.
Last week Genius and Numark filed a lawsuit charging Activision, 7 Studios and its CEO Lewis Peterson with breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets, among other claims; Activision quickly responded with a public statement saying that the claims lacked merit — and that the lawsuit would have “no impact” on the release of its own game, DJ Hero. We’re waiting for comment from Activision, but in a statement, Genius and Newmark (referred to as Scratch DJ Game LLC) said they plan to “aggressively pursue” the lawsuit (including seeking damages). Release.
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