OT: EA Sports Class Action re: NCAA/Madden/etc

Submitted by JeepinBen on April 16th, 2013 at 10:09 AM

I got an email the other day notifying me of a Class-Action lawsuit against EA Sports.

Supplemental Notice of Proposed Settlement of Class Action
United States Federal District Court for the Northern District of California

1301 Clay Street, Oakland, CA 94612
IF YOU ARE IN THE UNITED STATES AND BOUGHT A NEW COPY OF AN ELECTRONIC ARTS’ MADDEN NFL, NCAA FOOTBALL, OR ARENA FOOTBALL VIDEOGAME FOR XBOX, XBOX 360, PLAYSTATION 2, PLAYSTATION 3, GAMECUBE, PC, OR WII, WITH A RELEASE DATE OF JANUARY 1, 2005 TO JUNE 21, 2012, YOUR RIGHTS MAY BE AFFECTED.
Para ver este aviso en español, visita www.easportslitigation.com
· Customers of Electronic Arts Inc. have filed a class action lawsuit alleging that Electronic Arts violated their rights under federal and California law. The Court has not decided whether the Plaintiffs’ claims have any merit, and Electronic Arts has denied any liability and all allegations of misconduct. A proposed settlement has been reached, and your legal rights are affected. You have a choice to make now:

 

Did anyone else get this email? did you submit a claim? Do any lawyers know what this is about? I've bought NCAA 2011, 12, and 13 for Xbox, and according to this I could get about $20+ back per title up to 8 titles. Any thoughts?

Comments

Moleskyn

April 16th, 2013 at 10:24 AM ^

Yeah, I got one too. I bought NCAA '10 or '11 (haven't played in a while so can't remember which one) and recently Madden '13. To be honest, I didn't pay much attention to the email.

EDIT: I just looked at it more closely, and since I have a PS3, I'd only get about $5. Not worth it.

MaizeAndHonoluluBlue

April 16th, 2013 at 10:16 AM ^

I got this too. I haven't filed a claim, but I definitely wanted to look at it some more.

If I can get $20 back on all the Madden and NCAA football games I have bought, I'm all for that.

I couldn't figure out from the email what the lawsuit was actually about though. Something about distribution it sounded like. Any idea?

MaizeAndHonoluluBlue

April 16th, 2013 at 10:16 AM ^

I got this too. I haven't filed a claim, but I definitely wanted to look at it some more.

If I can get $20 back on all the Madden and NCAA football games I have bought, I'm all for that.

I couldn't figure out from the email what the lawsuit was actually about though. Something about distribution it sounded like. Any idea?

exmtroj

April 16th, 2013 at 10:21 AM ^

This will result in college sports video games going away (not that they're that great anymore) and more random jersey numbers being sold.  It isn't going to result in players getting paid.

gbdub

April 16th, 2013 at 10:57 AM ^

I don't know the details of the lawsuit (or what EA is accused of), but in the email it said one of the terms of the settlement is that EA will not pursue exclusive contracts with the NCAA after the current one expires in 2014. So, maybe this means another company can get in the game?

Louie C

April 16th, 2013 at 11:30 AM ^

So is this as a result of the countless controllers, consoles, and tv's damaged by players caused by the frustration at LB's that have the leaping ability of Michael Jordan, and the catching ability of Calvin Johnson?

the Glove

April 16th, 2013 at 11:59 AM ^

My fear is that after EA loses the college football rights it will go back to how it used to be. Where 2k had the rights to the Rose Bowl and maxwell award and EA would have this other group of bowl games and the Heisman. The one good thing about having one company over all of it is that everything was in one game. Don't get me started on the lack of college basketball games.

M-Wolverine

April 16th, 2013 at 3:10 PM ^

I signed up. Sometimes these rewards can be bigger than expected and you can get a nice check. They weren't exactly asking for my bank account number. Just what editions I purchased (a lot) and the email address they already had.