Electronic Arts Settles With Student Athletes


     (CN) – Student athletes who claim that the NCAA violates their rights to their own names and likenesses have settled their claims against video game maker Electronic Arts.
     The National Collegiate Athletic Association is not a party to the settlement but its licensing arm, Collegiate Licensing Co., is.
     Filed late Thursday, the stipulation and proposed order is scant on settlement details, It promises, however, that the court will soon have “the documents necessary to present to the court for preliminary approval of the settlement.”
     The settling parties say U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken should stay the case in the meantime.
     Keker & Van Nest attorney James Slaughter signed the stipulation for Electronic Arts. CLC is represented by Charles Henn Jr. with Kilpatrick Townsend.
     Robert Carey with Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro signed as plaintiffs’ interim co-lead counsel, principally responsible for publicity claims.
     For antitrust claims, the plaintiffs have Michael Lehmann with Hausfeld LLP.
     The class action is a consolidation of cases that former student-athletes brought against the NCAA, EA and CLC, objecting to the commercial use of their likenesses, images and names.
     Former Arizona State quarterback Samuel Keller and UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon were among the first to sue in 2009.
     The plaintiffs had filed their opposition to the motions to dismiss by all three defendants on Tuesday.

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