Hagens Berman Urges Student-Athletes to File Claims, as Keller, O’Bannon NCAA Settlements Merge
SEATTLE – The parties in the Keller and O'Bannon lawsuits filed final paperwork in federal court today adjusting their respective settlements to create one claims process, according to attorneys at Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro.
The settlement will affect all Division I NCAA football and men's basketball players whose teams appeared in any NCAA-branded video game released by Electronic Arts from 2003 to 2014.
If approved by Chief Judge Claudia Wilken of the U.S. District Court in Northern California, the settlement will distribute $60 million to eligible student-athletes who file claims.
In merging the settlements, the cap on the amount student-athletes can receive in the settlement was removed. Without a cap, student-athletes who participate will receive a proportional share of the $60 million fund based on variables, including the number of video games in which they appeared.
Student-athletes can be kept apprised of the case status and claims by visiting the NCAA Video Game case page.
"We would love for every athlete to participate and get their fair share of the $60 million settlement, but realistically, many may not find out about the settlement until it's too late,” said Steve Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman representing players in the case. “We urge student-athletes to talk to their former teammates and encourage them to make a claim.”
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