On Wednesday, Activision Blizzard told CNN in a statement: “We disagree with the allegations in this complaint and look forward to presenting our arguments to the court.”
CNN obtained a public version of the complaint dated May 2 from the office of the New York City Comptroller. The original complaint, filed in the Delaware Court of Chancery, was dated April 26. Asked for comment, the inspector’s office in New York referred CNN to the New York City Law Department, which is handling the trial. The department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Thanks to the Microsoft agreement, the complaint stated: “Kotick will be able to escape liability and liability completely, and will instead continue to serve as a leader after the merger ends. Worse, despite his potential liability for breach of trust “, the board allowed Kotick to negotiate the transaction with Microsoft itself. The board’s decision to leave Kotick in the negotiation process is unforgivable for the additional reason that Kotick can personally receive significant material benefits if the value is not directly in line with the merger price.”
The case is the latest legal headache for Activision Blizzard, which is facing a series of federal investigations and investor lawsuits related to allegations of misconduct in the workplace.
The complaint follows several requests for Activision Blizzard records from NYC pension officials since October 2021, and it claims that the company has been insufficiently responsive. Among the documents now requested by officials are board presentations, minutes, notes and other documents related to the Microsoft agreement and specifically related to Kotick’s role in the case.