Viacom sues Harmonix shareholders

Viacom, former owner of Harmonix, has begun legal proceedings in its bid to recover what it claims were miscalculated earnings-related payments made to shareholders of the Rock Band developer.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Viacom is seeking $131,827,980 of the $149,770,149 that was paid to Harmonix for the Rock Band franchise's performance in 2007, something it has been threatening to do since February last year.

While Harmonix returned to independence after buying itself back from Viacom late last year, the two parties remain at loggerheads: Harmonix shareholders, including founders Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy, have sued Viacom, accusing it of manipulating its finances to avoid paying out a similar bonus in 2008.