Former NCAA Atheletes’ Lawsuit Against EA Gets Greenlight

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken has shot down an Electronic Arts request to have a major class action lawsuit against it dismissed. According to a Courthouse News report (see also this PDF) the lawsuit filed by former National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) athletes accusing EA of using their likenesses without providing them with any compensation will go forward.

Filed in 2009, the lawsuit alleged that EA, the NCAA and the Collegiate Licensing Company conspired against college players by getting them to sign away their rights to compensation related to their likenesses for NCAA-related video games. The athletes who filed the lawsuit allege that they were forced to sign "Form 08-3a" in order to play college sports. That form gave the NCAA the right to profit off their likenesses without providing them with any sort of compensation.

In May 2011 a judge dismissed an anti-trust claim against EA and another claim that EA conspired to get players boycotted so they didn't have to pay them any money.

We'll have more on this story as it develops.

Source: Courthouse News by way of GamesIndustry International

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