EA Sports Lawsuit: EA Could Lose $1B On Likeness Lawsuit

By on Aug 5, 2011 in Business, Football, Gaming, Sports, Technology Comments
Sam Keller
Sam Keller
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A California District Court judge recently denied Electronic Arts‘ (EA) motion to dismiss the class action compensation lawsuit filed against them by former college athletes regarding the use of their likenesses, several gaming news sites reported on Thursday, August 4, 2011.

The lawsuit was filed by former Nebraska and Arizona State quarterback Sam Keller and former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon against EA and NCAA for allegedly using their likenesses in video games without the athletes’ consent.

According to reports based on computations made by USA Today, EA could face $1 billion in damages if it loses the lawsuit which has been ongoing for two years already.

Meanwhile, EA spokesman Jeff Brown was quoted saying: “We could lose billions more if a giant meteor hits the earth. We’re not planning for either outcome.”

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