Hagens Berman filed a class-action lawsuit against Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) on behalf of consumers who claim the company engaged in unlawful and anti-competitive agreements that nearly doubled the price of its popular game, Madden NFL.
The lawsuit alleges EA established agreements with the National Football League (NFL), The NFL Players Union, Arena Football League and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), that drove competition out of the market and prevented new competitors from entering.
Through these exclusive deals, attorneys believe that Electronic Arts forced consumers to pay a premium for certain sports titles, including Madden NFL. Hagens Berman, representing respective class members, seeks punitive damages against Electronic Arts.
April 6, 2011 - A federal judge certified the class in a lawsuit alleging violations of California's antitrust and consumer protection laws in connection with the sale of certain football video games. The certified 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 the present. The certification occurred in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Oakland division.
December 21, 2010 - A federal judge certified a national class-action lawsuit against Electronic Arts, Inc. based on allegations that video game consumers overpaid for popular sports titles including Madden NFL. The decision, ordered by U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker on December 21, 2010, also appointed Hagens Berman to serve as co-counsel representing consumers nationwide who purchased NFL, NCAA, or Arena Football League branded video games produced and released by Electronic Arts after January 1, 2005. Consumers who purchased similar titles for mobile devices were excluded from the class action.
Class members who wish to be notified of further development may contact attorneys at 206-623-7292. A class notice will be sent to class members in the next 60 days.
June 5, 2009 - Today, U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker partially denied EA's motion to dismiss.
The judge ruled four counts against the gaming company can move forward including violation of the Sherman Act, violations of California's Cartwright Act, violation of California's unfair competition act and unjust enrichment.
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