Activision sued over stock option grant practices

An Activision shareholder has sued the video game maker over its stock option grant practices alleging improprieties in the company's issuance of stock options and targeting both former and current executives in the latest backdating scandal. The lawsuit alleges that Activision backdated its stock options to the financial benefit of numerous executives and the detriment of the company and its shareholders. The suit has been filed by shareholder Ryan Vazquez, with 16 defendants including CEO and co-chairman Robert Kotick, co-chairman and former CFO Brian Kelly, director and former president and CEO Ronald Doornink, and several current and former officers and directors of the publisher.

The suit also alleges that Kotick and others colluded to backdate stock options for their own financial gain and improperly recorded and accounted for the stock options in providing information to shareholders and the public. Vazquez claims that the inappropriate actions of the executives and directors has cost the company millions of dollars, calling for the defendants to give up stocks and any money gained from their issuance, provide "equitable relief" for violating their duty to the company's shareholders and pay for damages and all associated legal costs.

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