Madden Suit Seeks To Gang-Tackle EA

Did you buy a copy of Madden NFL from its 2006 version forward? You too can be a plaintiff in the lawsuit against Electronic Arts, over its exclusive-rights arrangement with the NFL.

Pecover vs. EA, the federal class-action suit alleging EA's exclusive licence with the NFL constitutes an illegal monopoly, is looking for additional plaintiffs to join the fun. In a news release two weeks ago, the firm representing the named plaintiff put out a call for those who bought not only Madden from August, 2005 forward, but also any Arena Football or NCAA football branded game in the span, too.

If any of this applies to you, and you want to join a class action suit, the plaintiff's firm has set up a page where you can give over your information.

But before those cash register sounds go off in your head, let's be real for a minute. While it's true an expert witness for the plaintiff estimated the EA/NFL exclusivity pact may have cost consumers upwards of a billion over its lifespan, think of how many zillion copies of the game have been sold since then. And that's presuming a court looks at this and says the NFL has to make its trademarks and players available to those with enough dough to pay for a reasonable licence to them.

If, however, this gets into a settlement phase, then joining the suit will guarantee you your cut of the loot, which would probably be something like a coupon off your next purchase of Madden or something.

The case recently survived a dismissal motion by Electronic Arts. At last mention, this was set to go to trial Sept. 14.

Lawyers in Class Action Suit vs EA are Seeking Buyers to Join In [Game Politics]


    Oh Americans - you'll sue over ANYTHING.

    Surely the NFL, as a business and an entity, has the right to do WHATEVER it wants with its licences and trademarks.

    This could be akin to TV networks paying millions for TV rights to a game only to have a competing network set up camera at the same game and broadcast the game on their channel without paying the rights to show it. If you want something, you pay for the rights for it. If you cant afford it, or the rights holder doesnt want to sell, it shouldnt mean that you can go and sue them over it.

    This is wrong on so many levels

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