Video games are the subject of the class action lawsuit entitled Pecover v. Electronic Arts, Inc. The lawsuit revolves around the following video games: EA Madden NFL, NCAA Football or Arena Football for the Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, GameCube, PC, or Wii, with a release date of January 1, 2005 to June 21, 2012. The lawsuit claims that EA Sports violated antitrust and consumer protection laws when marketing a selling games to customers. The lawsuit states that by holding exclusive license agreements with the NFL, NCAA and AFL EA Sports was able to drive out the competition and charge 70% more for the video games. If you purchased any of these video games between 01/01/05 to 06/21/12 you might be a part of the EA Football Video Game Class Lawsuit $27 million dollar settlement. Class members have until March 5, 2013 to file a claim form. A claim can be filed online at EASportsLitigation.com or by mail. To file a claim you will need the claim ID number. This number can be found on your email notice beginning with Claim ID #. If you are filing the claim by mail please mail it first class to: Electronic Arts Settlement, c/o Gilardi & Co. LLC, P.O. Box 808054, Petaluma CA 94975-8054. All objections and opt out request are due by December 10, 2012. Settlement amount include $6.79 per new game purchased, up to a total of 8 units and $1.95 per new game purchased, up to a total of 8 units depending on the generation class.
The EA Football Video Game Lawsuit is in the jurisdiction of the United States Federal District Court for the Northern District of California. A fairness hearing will be held on February 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm. The hearing will be held at 1301 Clay St., Oakland, CA 94612 if you wish to attend. Class member will be represented by Shana E. Scarlett from Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP. The class administrators website also includes the a copy of the Postcard Notice, Spanish Notice, the settlement agreement and the preliminary approval order.