The abrupt firing of OpenAI CEO Sam Altman in November 2023 sparked a great deal of controversy and unrest within the company.
Some investors were unhappy with the decision, considering it to be a breach of fiduciary duty and a potential mismanagement of the company’s resources.
As a result, some investors started exploring legal options to hold the board accountable for their actions.
The decision to fire Altman was reportedly made by the OpenAI board due to a “breakdown of communications” between the CEO and the board.
However, many employees and investors believed that the decision was more driven by personal conflicts and a lack of understanding of Altman’s vision for the company.
The potential lawsuit against the OpenAI board was based on the argument that the firing of Altman was not in the best interests of the company.
Investors argued that Altman was a visionary leader who had been instrumental in OpenAI’s success, and that his firing would damage the company’s reputation and make it more difficult to attract top talent.
The potential lawsuit also claimed that the OpenAI board had breached its fiduciary duty by acting in a way that was not in the best interests of shareholders.
Investors argued that the board had not adequately considered the potential consequences of firing Altman, and that the decision had ultimately damaged the company’s value.
It remains to be seen whether the investors will ultimately decide to file a lawsuit against the OpenAI board. However, the controversy surrounding Altman’s firing is likely to continue to cast a shadow over the company for some time to come.