Last Chance To Hop Off The EA NFL Class-Action Lawsuit Train

The Madden NFL-inspired Pecover Vs EA federal class-action antitrust lawsuit picks up steam, as law firm Hagens Berman notifies class members they have until June 25 to be excluded from a potential payday.

Considering the eligibility requirements to be a class member in the Pecover Vs EA lawsuit, we're likely looking at a pretty large group of people. According to Hagens Berman, anyone that's purchased a Madden NFL, NCAA Football, or Arena Football League game since January 1, 2005 is eligible to participate in the suit, which alleges that EA's exclusive deals with these various organisations have resulted in customers being overcharged for said games. Mobile versions, used copies and games purchased directly through Electronic Arts don't count.

The lawsuit was originally filed in 2008, popping in and out of view over the past few years as both sides jumped through the court systems' various and often fiery hoops.

The latest notice, sent to us by multiple readers, is a notice of class certification, letting those involved know that the final line-up is being formed. Those that would rather opt out of the lawsuit can do so via written letter or electronically before June 25, 2011.

Those wishing to sign themselves up can still do so via Hagen Berman's convenient sign-up form.

Is there a chance you'll make a ton of money doing so? Probably not. Even if there is a huge settlement, it'll be hugely diluted, with up to 25 per cent going towards legal fees and the remaining amount divided up amongst a rather large group of individuals.

But even if EA comes out of this clean, it doesn't hurt to be on a large official list of people unhappy with a major game publisher's practices. I smell coupons!

HAGENS BERMAN SOBOL SHAPIRO LLP AND THE PAYNTER LAW FIRM, PLLC ANNOUNCE NOTICE OF CLASS CERTIFICATION IN PECOVER V. ELECTRONIC ARTS, INC. LAWSUIT [EA Sports Litigation]


Comments

    I got one of these emails today, including me in the suit. Anyone else?

      Yea I got one as well. I did research cause I didnt even know about this law suit and how in the hell they figured I bought a product in that timeline lol. I'm staying in.

    I don't really get the bit about being overcharged... don't EA's football games cost the same as any other game?

    You could argue that the lack of competition might have a detrimental effect in terms of quality or innovation (I'm not actually saying that's the case since I don't play them so can't comment either way), but in terms of price? Sounds like a pretty weak case to me.

      NFL 2K5 was $20 USD before the exclusivity rights took hold. EA effectively eliminated the competition and started charging $50 for then current-gen systems and $60 for next-gen systems.

        In 2005, when 2K Sports released NFL 2K5 for $20, EA Sports priced Madden 2005 at $30 to remain competitive. After gaining exclusive license, EA raised prices for Madden 2006 to $50.
        The premise of the suit, then, is that after securing monopoly, EA artificially increased prices by 66% when there was no risk of competition.
        The logic of the $10 increase to a current-gen console dictates that competitively-priced football (and possibly all sports titles) would be in the $30-$40 range today.

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