Gearbox Software and Former Lawyer Wade Callender Mutually Drop Lawsuits

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Gearbox Software and Former Lawyer Wade Callender Mutually Drop Lawsuits

October 4, 2019

By: Robert N. Adams

 
 

A lawsuit between Borderlands 3 developer Gearbox Software and its former lawyer Wade Callender has been dismissed after both parties cleared up any misunderstandings and exchanged apologies.

As Business Insider reports, this particular lawsuit alleged that Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford had improperly taken a $12 million bonus and conducted himself in a lewd matter. These allegations were made by former company lawyer Wade Callender in a countersuit filed in January 2019 in response to a lawsuit filed by Gearbox in November of last year that alleged Mr. Callender has misused company funds.

Callender's lawsuit also claimed that Mr. Pitchford hosted parties at his home where adults exposed themselves to minor and that he had left a flash drive filled with confidential company properties and pornographic material featuring a young model from a Medieval Times restaurant.

Pitchford and Callender had been friends for more than four decades, but their friendship had deteriorated in the last two years. Callender had joined the company in 2010 and served in the roles of General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs until August of last year.

 
 

Mr. Pitchford, for his part, says that he did leave a flash drive behind and identified the model only by her online handle "Only 18". He and his wife host what they call a "Peacock Theater" at their home for a private assortment of guests which features magicians and variety acts, although the content of these parties is said to not be sexually explicit in any fashion.

One Gearbox Software Lawsuit Down

This particular lawsuit was dismissed on October 2, 2019, by a Dallas County court. The full dismissal statement is short and (unfortunately) doesn't contain much in the way of details about the truth to the claims of either side:

"Upon review of all the evidence in the case, it was of the opinion of counsel that the evidence exonerated Randy Pitchford from the allegations against him; all misunderstandings between the parties have been corrected, and apologies were exchanged. Because the parties are mutually bound by confidentiality, no additional statements will be forthcoming."

While this particular matter has finally been settled, Gearbox Software still has a number of other legal battles ongoing. Most recently, the company was sued by the composer of Duke Nukem 3D for copyright violations.

What do you think of this particular Gearbox Software legal battle finally being brought to a close? Let us know in the comments below!

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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!

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