Viacom is fighting an order to pay Rock Band makers Harmonix Music Systems $383 million, or a bit more than half of the money sought by the former shareholders in a long-running legal dispute over unpaid bonuses.
The arbitration decision is the latest in a legal fight between former Harmonix owners Viacom and the game developers. Last year a group of former Harmonix shareholders - including company CEO Alex Rigopulos and his co-founder Eran Egozy - sued Viacom over claims of unpaid bonuses. The bonuses were based on Rock Band sales goals that the game hit. In 2007, most of those payments were made, but the 2008 payments never were, according to the original suit.