Richard Garriott is sitting pretty this week with a cool $28 million coming his way. Unless anything goes awry in appeals, the Origin founder has won the case against his former employer, NCSoft. Garriott claimed he had lost tens of millions of dollars in potential profit by being forced to sell stock options as he was fired from the company. Part of the story also involves details on how the aspiring astronaut was notified about his termination while in post-space flight quarantine. What a way to go!
"I am extremely pleased with the jury's decision," Garriott said in a statement. "The facts were clear that my departure from NCsoft was not voluntary. I am very pleased with the final award."
Garriott had testified that he was in Russia, in quarantine after his space flight, when an NCsoft executive called to tell him his days with the company were over. He had worked for NCsoft for several years after it bought an Austin company he co-founded, Destination Games.