A Dallas jury has ordered Facebook to pay $500 million in damages for a lawsuit that claims its Oculus VR subsidiary was based on stolen tech.The money will go to game maker ZeniMax, who filed the lawsuit against Oculus in 2014 and led Facebook executives like Mark Zuckerberg to testify in a public trial last month.Oculus wasn't found guilty of stealing trade secrets from ZeniMax, but the jury did find that Oculus cofounder Palmer Luckey violated a signed non-disclosure agreement with ZeniMax during Oculus's early days, as first reported by Polygon.ZeniMax was seeking a $2 billion verdict against Oculus, and up to another $4 billion in damages.
Facebook will appeal the verdict.Here's how the $500 million verdict breaks down:Oculus will have to pay ZeniMax $200 million for violating the NDA Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey signed with ZeniMax.Oculus will have to pay ZeniMax an additional $50 million for copyright infringement, and another $50 million for false designation.Former Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe will have to pay ZeniMax $150 million for false designation.Oculus cofounder Palmer Luckey will have to pay ZeniMax $50 million for false designation.
The heart of this case was about whether Oculus stole ZeniMax's trade secrets, and the jury found decisively in our favor," an Oculus spokesperson said in a statement.
"We're obviously disappointed by a few other aspects of today's verdict, but we are undeterred.
Oculus products are built with Oculus technology.
Our commitment to the long-term success of VR remains the same, and the entire team will continue the work they've done since day one – developing VR technology that will transform the way people interact and communicate.