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April 6th, 2011, 23:29
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In addition to being the official economic soothsayer of the gaming industry, Michael Pachter knows a thing or two about legal affairs. Actually, he has a pair of law degrees, so odds are good that he knows more than two things. Regardless, he recently sounded off toIndustryGamers (http://www.industrygamers.com/news/call-of-duty-modern-warfare-devs-have-no-prayer-of-regaining-control-of-brand/) about former Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince Zampella's chances of gaining ownership of the Modern Warfare brand form Activision through legal action (http://www.joystiq.com/2011/04/04/former-infinity-ward-heads-seek-to-void-original-contract-claim/). His opinion? They've got "no prayer."

Pachter suggested that any claim the two may have had on the brand was lost when their employment was terminated (http://www.joystiq.com/2010/03/02/rumor-activision-ousts-infinity-ward-higher-ups/), saying, "They have never claimed that they 'own' the brand; instead, they claim that they were granted creative control over the brand under their employment agreement." Pachter added that a theoretical solution for West and Zampella would be to seek reemployment (yeah right (http://www.joystiq.com/tag/respawn-entertainment)) under a wrongful termination claim, though he noted, "That is simply not what West and Zampella are seeking here."