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Ex-NFL Players Can't Sue EA Over 'Madden' Game As A Class


A California federal judge has ruled that retired players cannot collectively sue Electronic Arts Inc. for featuring them in Madden NFL video games without authorization, a major victory for the game maker after years of litigation.

More than eight years after Michael Davis and other former players sued the video game giant for using their likenesses on a “historic teams” feature in Madden games, a judge ruled Friday that the case could not move forward as a class action.

As with any proposed class action, a ruling rejecting class certification will dramatically reduce the potential damages faced by EA.

EA is represented by R. James Slaughter and Leah Pransky of Keker Van Nest & Peters LLP.

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