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PostSubject: Halo Composer Wins Bungie Shares, Creative Control Lawsuit   Mon Sep 07, 2015 6:28 am

Marty O’Donnell, former long-time Bungie employee and the award-winning music composer for the Halo series and Destiny, has won a lawsuit against the studio over outstanding shares, VentureBeat reports.

The final ruling by arbitrator Sharon S. Armstrong, published by Venturebeat, found that Bungie breached the duty of good faith and fair dealing when it withheld stock and participation in the Profit Participation Plan.

O’Donnell and Bungie parted ways on April 11, 2014, with the composer saying he was terminated "without cause." The developer withheld his shares citing a previous agreement that O’Donnell would give up his founders’ shares if he left voluntarily.

According to the order filed in Superior Court in Seattle, O’Donnell is entitled to either 192,187.5 shares of vested Bungie common stock, the cash equivalent of 20 percent of O’Donnell’s preferred and common stock valued as of April 11, 2014, or the cash equivalent of 50 percent of vested common stock valued as of July 2, 2014.

It was also ruled that he did not breach the non-compete with Highwire Games, a studio he founded with ex-Bungie veteran Jamie Greismer, as evidence of work was not presented.

O’Donnell settled a different lawsuit against his former studio last July after filing against Bungie and its chief executive, Harold Ryan, in May the same year over unpaid benefits.

The court documents issued over the weekend reveal how O’Donnell, Bungie and publisher Activision quarreled in the lead up to Destiny’s launch. Stay tuned to IGN for more coverage on the subject.
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