Quantcast
Judge certifies class-action Madden monopoly lawsuit - Destructoid

DestructoidJapanatorTomopopFlixist



Judge certifies class-action Madden monopoly lawsuit


9:00 PM on 12.22.2010
Judge certifies class-action Madden monopoly lawsuit photo



In June 2008, two men filed a lawsuit in California District Court alleging that EA’s exclusive contract with the NFL for football videogames constituted a monopoly under state and federal laws. The suit also contended that EA illegally raised the price of its Madden NFL game once its exclusivity agreement eliminated the competition -- namely, 2K Sports’ NFL 2K5, which, by launching at $19.95 in August 2004 against Madden NFL 2005 at $49.95, had forced EA to drop Madden’s price to $29.95 in November. (EA launched Madden NFL 06 in August 2005 at $49.95 on PlayStation 2/Xbox/GameCube, which accounts for the price increase of “nearly 70 percent” that the suit -- which you can read in full here [PDF] -- mentions.)

The petitioners filed the suit as a class-action on behalf of anyone who has purchased an EA football videogame -- including NCAA Football and Arena Football games as well as Madden titles -- released for consoles or PC (which excludes mobile releases) since August 2005. That covers a bunch of people, and thanks to U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker, the class-action lawsuit can now move forward. Walker certified the suit yesterday and appointed Hagens Berman (the law firm that originally filed the complaint) as co-counsel for the participants in the suit, which will likely result in a jury trial pitting the class-action claimants against EA.

So if you fall under the purview of the class-action, what does this mean for you? Hagens Berman has set up a webpage for claimants to join the suit here; by doing so, you may be entitled to rewards or damages awarded to the plaintiffs if the class-action filers prevail in court. And that might amount to a lot of money, collectively. As Steve Berman, managing partner at the firm, put it, “Consumers now have a legal standing to demand that EA refund consumers millions of dollars it made from Madden NFL and other sports titles through what we contend was an illegal price-gouging scheme.”

In case you were wondering, this isn’t the only Madden-related class-action lawsuit that EA is facing; this September, in an unrelated action, 6,000 retired NFL players sued EA claiming that the company unfairly used their likenesses in Madden NFL 09.

Judge Certifies Class-Action Football Game Pricing Lawsuit Against EA [Gamasutra] [image]






Comments not appearing? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this.
Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your software's white list. Tada! Happy comments time again.

Did you know? You can now get daily or weekly email notifications when humans reply to your comments.







Win your choice of console from Destructoid! in Destructoid's Hangs on LockerDome

Sports

1:00 PM on 07.24.2014
The physical edition of Wii Sports Club drops on Wii U on July 25

If you're into Wii Sports, you can pick up the Club package starting tomorrow on Wii U for $39.99. Nintendo notes that all five sports are included -- Tennis, Bowling, Golf, Baseball, and Boxing. Of course, they'll use t...more



1:00 AM on 07.24.2014
NHL 15 flaunts its alliteration with the Superstar Skill Stick

Slapshots from the point, cheeky tip-ins, and wristers through traffic are all perfectly fine, but when you play an NHL game, you want to embarrass your opponent. You want them going to get their jock out of the rafters...more



8:00 AM on 07.21.2014
Team USA's Clint Dempsey loses Xbox shirt for PS3/PS4 FIFA 15 cover

Lionel Messi will grace the cover of FIFA for the third year straight year, but FIFA 15's North American release will see team USA's Clint Dempsey creeping behind Messi, wondering why his lighting is so different.  ...more



View all Sports






Back to Top




All content is yours to recycle through our Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing requiring attribution. Our communities are obsessed with videoGames, movies, anime, and toys.

Living the dream since March 16, 2006

Advertising on destructoid is available: Please contact them to learn more