Viacom has been ordered to pay a $299 million to Harmonix shareholders in a court battle that is now in its third year.
The Delaware Supreme Court has upheld two previous judgments claiming that Viacom avoided paying out hundreds of millions in bonuses to stockholders. Under the terms of the verdict, Viacom is expected to owe $299 million, Gamasutra reports.
The media giant paid Harmonix stockholders – a group which included the studio’s founders such as Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy – $150 million in bonuses in 2007, but later demanded a refund.
Walter Winshall, Harmonix stockholders’ representative, then called for Viacom to pay out an extra $383 million in unpaid bonuses, of which Viacom agreed to pay $84 million.
Harmonix took Viacom to court for the remaining $299 million, and won through an arbitrator in 2011 and Delaware’s lower courts in 2012. However, Viacom appealed to the state’s Supreme Court, disputing the arbitrator’s authority.
In the wake of this new ruling, Viacom may yet decide to further appeal to the US Supreme Court or it may elect to accept the state courts’ decision.