The saga that is the Riot Games sexual harassment case continues as the the original $10 Million settlement from 2019 has been thrown out. The original plaintiffs have found new representation and look to push the case back into the courts.
According to Gamesindustry.biz, the legal team from Rosen & Saba, which represented the plaintiffs on the original harassment case, may have colluded with Riot Games during litigation. The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and Division of Labor Standards Enforcement both saw issue with the settlement figure. Sources within the DFEH say that the plaintiff cohort could be entitled to nearly $400 Million and not just $10 million.
The class representatives have tapped Genie Harrison as their council. Harrison is a known sexual harassment case specialist who has brought cases against the Weinstien Company and others. “These brave women spoke out against gender inequality and sexism, and I want to make sure they are fairly compensated,” Harrison said to Gamesindustry.biz.“Our well-qualified statisticians are already analyzing pay data. We intend to recover the compensation due to the women of Riot Games and achieve institutional reform, in order to level the playing field for women.”
In a statement to Games Industry, a Riot Games representative stated that the $400 Million number is “outrageous” and that a settlement of that size “can simply not be made in good faith”.