Two More Former College Quarterbacks Sue EA

Today’s news brings more legal headaches for Electronic Arts.

Last month, GamePolitics reported on a federal class-action lawsuit filed by former University of Nebraska football player Sam Keller. The one-time college quarterback charged that EA used his likeness in its popular NCAA Football game franchise without his permission. Keller’s suit also names the NCAA as a defendant.

One-time Rutgers QB Ryan Hart (left) and former University of California QB Troy Taylor filed a similar lawsuit in New Jersey Superior Court, according to EA Sports spokesman Rob Semsey told the website:

EA, the NCAA and CLC (Collegiate Licensing Company) have reviewed the complaint, and do not believe that the claims have merit. EA, the NCAA and CLC regularly conduct reviews of EA’s NCAA-branded games, and we do not believe that any violations of student-athlete rights or NCAA by-laws have occurred.

GP: It’s unclear why Hart and Taylor filed a state suit against EA and did not simply join Keller’s federal class-action. Perhaps some of our attorney readers can suggest a reason?

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    JDKJ says:

    I saw that coming from a mile away. Now, I ain’t saying deservedly or undeservedly so. Just simply that I saw that coming from a mile away.

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    hayabusa75 says:

    It’s like that, huh?  I just asked a simple question.  Okay, then…

    First of all, it’s Vick, not Vicks.  Vick is the football player.  Vicks are what you take for colds.

    Second, jokes are usually humorous.  Your comment was about as funny as those 3 2 1 countdowns you abuse so often.  (See?  I know what sarcasm is, I used it right there!)

    Third, you look like an imbecile when you try to clown people while using crappy grammar and spelling.

    "De minimus non curat lex"

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    mdo7 says:


    Have you ever heard of sarcasm and joke.  I’m aware of that, I’m joking about Michael Vicks.  You need to learn how to tell which is a joke and which is not.

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    hayabusa75 says:

    What are you talking about?  This is about using someone’s likeness without their permission, not "video games made me do it".

    "De minimus non curat lex"

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    mdo7 says:


    Oh great, more lawsuit for EA.  Will this ever end what’s next Michael Vicks sueing EA because he’ll say "EA made me do the dogfight".



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    jedidethfreak says:

    Former NCAA football players?  They must not have been that great, since they aren’t referred to as "and current NFL football players."


    Freedom of speech means the freedom to say ANYTHING, so long as it is the truth. This does not exclude anything that might hurt someone’s feelings.

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    TK n Happy Ness says:

    Rutgers huh? Wasn’t that the home of those "nappy-headed hos" as Don Imus referred to them as, causing him to lose his job for a brief time due to that asshole Al Sharpton?

    When Jack Thompson runs his mouth, does anyone really care what he has to say anymore?

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    JDKJ says:

    Perhaps because the attorneys for Hart and Taylor are more interested in getting their own payday than in seeing their clients get a payday? Which wouldn’t happen for them if their clients merely joined an existing class rather than filing their own class action suit because only the attorneys of the lead plaintiffs in a class action are allowed to collect attorney fees. After all, class actions usually benefit the attorneys who bring them 10,000 time more than they benefit any individual class member.


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