Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has just lost roughly 1.4 million dollars in a squabble with the law firm that represented him in a case against a flight attendant he had fired.
A mouthful? Certainly.
Long story short, the entire dispute originated from a suit filed against Kotick in January 2007, a one Andrew Gordon of Goldman Sachs as well as pilot Phil Berg, by Cynthia Madvig who had worked as their flight attendant, alleging "sexual harassment and wrongful termination."
Madvig had apparently refused to be Berg's "arm candy" at dinners and events. As a result, Berg had continually made her clean the plane's toilets while "leering" at her. Kotick had fired her after she filed the complaint against Berg.
Patricia Glaser, Kotick's attorney at the time, had advised the CEO to settle for $200,000 to $400,000; however, Kotick had other plans in mind and "wanted to destroy the other side and not to pay Ms. Madvig anything."
Eventually Kotick had sent a cheque to Glaser in September 2007 for $200,000 with a letter that stated it was for payment of services. However, Glaser disputed that roughly over $1 million dollars was owed to the firm. Kotick lost the dispute in March 2009.
Kotick is to pay $1.4 million to his old law firm after the ruling was made against him, he is currently "reviewing his options."