Electronic Arts (EA Sports) Settlement
|Class Eligibility:||The settlement covers copies of Electronic Arts (EA) Madden NFL, NCCAA Football, or Arena Football for Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2 (PS2), Playstation 3 (PS3), Gamecube, PC, or Wii bought new in the United States between January 1, 2005 and June 21, 2012.|
$20.37 per game on Microsoft Xbox, Sony Playstation 2, PC, or Nintendo Gamecube (Sixth Generation Purchasers) up to a maximum of $162.96 (8 games).
$5.85 per game on Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony Playstation 3, PC, or Nintendo Wii (Seventh Generation Purchasers) up to a maximum of $46.80 (8 games).
Note that if the claim pool of $27 million is exhausted, then the value of payments will be reduced pro-rata.
|Proof of Purchase:||Not required.|
|Claim Form:||EA Sports Settlement Claim Form (If you didn’t get a settlement postcard or email)|
|EA Sports Settlement Claim Form (If you did get a settlement postcard or email)|
|Case Name:||Pecover v. Electronic Arts, Case No. 08-cv-02820 CW.|
The Plaintiffs sued the Electronic Arts for violating Federal and state law, most notably antitrust laws, by signing exclusive licensing deals with the NFL, NFLPA, AFL, NCCA, and ESPN and thus creating a monopoly over branded football video games and allowing them to charge higher prices than if there was competition.
We feel sorry for EA on this one. Congress enacted the antitrust laws to stop the railway barons, and utility companies from exploiting consumers with monopolies over things necessary for daily life. We don’t think Madden ’07 and other football simulations fits squarely in that category. We do however think of this as karmic retribution on EA for ruining SimCity and Command & Conquer, and their sucktastic DRM
|Settlement Pool:||$27,000,000 (maximum)|
|Lawyers Fees:||Up to $9,000,000 (maximum)|
|Settlement Website:||Electronics Arts Settlement|
|Claim Form Deadline:||May 15, 2013|
|Claims Administrator:||Electronic Arts Settlement
c/o Gilardi & Co. LLC
P.O. Box 808054
Petaluma CA 94975-8054