Palmer Luckey, the man behind the Oculus Rift VR headset, is facing a lawsuit from a company that claims he had breached confidentiality agreements when helping create the yet-to-be-released device.
According to Reuters, Luckey is being accused by Hawaii tech firm Total Recall Technologies of “taking confidential information he learned while working with another company and passing it off as his own.” The company claims that it had hired Luckey in 2011 for the sole purpose of creating a virtual reality headset prototype, and that he had signed a confidentiality agreement as part of his deal with Total Recall. Due to Luckey allegedly violating this agreement, Total Recall is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, though the Reuters report did not state a dollar amount for the lawsuit, which accuses Luckey of breach of contract and fraud.
“Throughout the latter half of 2011 and into 2012, Luckey received feedback and information to improve the design of the display,” read Reuters’ report. “However, Luckey used information he learned from his partnership when he launched a Kickstarter campaign for his own head mounted display called the Oculus Rift, according to the lawsuit.”
Neither Oculus nor parent company Facebook have responded to requests for comment, or agreed to comment on Luckey’s lawsuit. We must stress, however, that Facebook and founder/CEO Mark Zuckerberg is not involved in the ongoing case, despite some reports suggesting that that’s the case.