Riot Games Lawsuit: New Legal Counsel Withdraws $10 Million Settlement

The new legal team in the class action lawsuit against Riot Games for gender discrimination has withdrawn the $10 million settlement. This was made in favor of a new possibility of obtaining their clients approximately $400 million, due to issues found in the case from two California state agencies.

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New representatives have come into the class action lawsuit against Riot Games, the studio behind League of Legends. The legal counsel has withdrawn the $10 million settlement following last month’s reveal that the 1,000 members could receive $400 million instead.

Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), two California state agencies, suggest that the plaintiffs did not handle the gender discrimination case appropriately. The argument stems from issues with the $10 million and possible collusion between the studio and Rosen & Saba, the previous attorney team. 

The new development in the suit was meant to get looked at by a judge earlier this month, but the hearing got delayed to an unconfirmed date. These new representatives coming in consist of women right’s attorney Genie Harrison, known for the Harvey Weinstein case, and employment lawyer Joseph Lovretovich, who will both replace the previous firm, Rosen & Saba.

“These brave women spoke out against gender inequality and sexism, and I want to make sure they are fairly compensated,” Harrison said in a statement. “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.”

Riot did respond to DFEH by saying that it “worked hard to negotiate with the lawyer representing the class to reach an agreement that we collectively believe is fair for the class members.” Another statement was made by a spokesperson of the studio that the company supports Lovretovich and Harrison’s involvement, which was obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.

We support the Plaintiffs’ engagement in this process and their right to seek different legal counsel. We are aware that Plaintiffs’ new counsel withdrew the pending Motion for Preliminary Approval, which will give them adequate time to review the proposed settlement agreement. We also filed a joint statement with their new counsel noting that we remain committed to working towards a fair resolution for everyone involved.

The lawsuit followed an investigation from Kotaku that exposed the sexism and gender discrimination found at Riot Games. Three months later, on November 5, 2018, one former and one current employee filed the suit over the company’s sexist and “men-first” environment. It would eventually get settled last December until these latest events.

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