Court Certifies Nationwide Class of Purchasers of Electronic Arts' Football Videogames
December 21, 2010 – A federal court in California today granted a request to certify a nationwide class of consumers who purchased Electronic Arts’ Madden, NCAA and AFL brand football videogames. The decision represents a vindication for plaintiffs, who have alleged that Electronic Arts killed off its competition in the market for football videogames by signing a series of exclusive agreements with the NFL, NFLPA, NCAA and AFL. In an extensive 67 page analysis, Chief Judge Vaughn Walker rejected Electronic Arts’ arguments against certification and called the analysis of its main expert “unconvincing.” In addition to certifying the class, Judge Walker appointed The Paynter Law Firm PLLC and Hagens Berman Sobol & Shapiro LLP as co-counsel for the class. Purchasers of Electronic Arts’ football videogame titles who wish to be notified of further developments may contact the attorneys representing the class through the contact form on this website, by emailing maddenNFL@hbsslaw.com or by calling (206) 623-7292.