EA Sports – It’s In the Courts!

Purchasers of Certain Electronic Arts Brand Football Video Games May Be Entitled To Sue EA Sports.

What Is This Action About?

The class action lawsuit alleges violations of California’s antitrust and consumer protection laws in connection with the sale of certain football video games. Purchasers of Electronic Arts’ football video games claim that Defendant Electronic Arts entered into a series of exclusive licenses with the National Football League (NFL), National Football League Players’ Association (NFLPA), National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), and Arena Football League (AFL), which Purchasers claim foreclosed competition in an alleged football video game market. Purchasers allege that this series of exclusive licenses caused customers who purchased certain football video games to be overcharged.

Who Are Class Members?

The Class includes all persons who, during the period January 1, 2005 to the present, purchased the Madden NFL, NCAA Football, or Arena Football League brand video games published by Electronic Arts with a release date of January 1, 2005 to present.  If you believe that you may be a member, further information can be obtained by going to the following: www.easportslitigation.com

How Judge Nelson May Rule Regarding the NFL Lockout

U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson told both the National Football League and the players after their five hour hearing yesterday that it could take “a couple of weeks” for her to rule on the players’ request to lift the lockout imposed by owners.  She urged both sides to get back to the bargaining table and hammer out a deal before she makes the first of what could be many legal decisions.

Scenarios of how Judge Nelson may rule:

  • Find that the players are not being ‘irreparably harmed’ by the lockout and therefore deny the players’ injunction request.  The owners would still have a rookie draft at the end of April but there will be no trades, no free agency signings, no OTCs or other off-season workouts.
  • Grant the player’s injunction lifting the lockout and therefore allowing the players back to work.  The rookie draft, would happen, the team facilities will be open, off-season workouts would start and teams could sign free agents.
  • Decide that all administrative remedies have not been exhausted and that the NFL’s complaint before the National Labor Relations Board needs to be decided first before the court intervenes.
  • Delay ruling until the beginning of training camp, finding that the players could not suffer irreparable damages until such time.

 

LeBron James’ Mother Heats Up – Then Gets Herself Arrested.

Gloria James, the mother of Miami Heat star basketball player and a Cleveland favorite, LeBron James, was arrested following an incident at the Fontainebleau Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida.  Allegedly, Ms. James was arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge after an incident with a hotel-parking attendant.  She was released early Thursday morning after being booked for the confrontation.

This is not the first time that Gloria James has been in trouble with the law. She was previously arrested in Ohio back in 2006 for driving while intoxicated.