Keller v. Electronic Arts Inc. et al
ORDER by Judge Claudia Wilken GRANTING (167 in case 4:09-cv-03329-CW and 1108 in case 4:09-cv-01967-CW) PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT WITH DEFENDANT ELECTRONIC ARTS INC. (Attachments: #1 Exhibit 1, #2 Exhibit 2) (ndr, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/3/2014)
Case4:09-cv-01967-CW Document1175-4 Filed08/27/14 Page2 of 4
If You Were on a Roster of an NCAA Division I
Football or Men’s Basketball Team, and That Team Was Included in
One of EA’s Videogames Between May 4, 2003 and [preliminary approval date],
You Could Be Entitled to Cash Payments.
This Notice is only a summary of your rights and options.
For more detailed information, visit www.___________settlement.com or call 1-___-___-____ toll-free.
What’s This About?
A federal court is currently reviewing two proposed class action
settlements concerning the alleged use of the names, images, and
likenesses of NCAA men’s football and basketball players in certain
NCAA-Branded Videogames that were manufactured and distributed
by Electronic Arts Inc. (“EA”). The two proposed settlements are (1)
the “EA Videogame Settlement” and (2) the “NCAA Videogame
The EA Videogame Settlement involves claims by studentathletes that EA and the Collegiate Licensing Company (“CLC”)
violated their legal rights by allegedly licensing, using, and/or selling
athletes’ names, images, and likenesses in EA’s NCAA-Branded
Videogames. The NCAA Videogame Settlement involves claims by
student-athletes that the NCAA violated their legal rights by allegedly
participating in the license, use, and/or sale of athletes’ names,
images, and likenesses in EA’s NCAA-Branded Videogames. All
Defendants deny any wrongdoing. The Court has not ruled on the
merits of these claims.
The proposed settlements would resolve the claims described
above against all Defendants. The EA Videogame Settlement has a
$40 million Settlement Fund and would resolve the claims as to EA
and CLC. The NCAA Videogame Settlement has a $20 million
Settlement Fund and would resolve the claims as to NCAA.
You may be a member of one or both settlements. The two
settlements share many terms and involve many of the same Class
members, but are separate settlements, so you should make sure that
you understand both settlements.
The Court will have a hearing on May 14, 2015, at 2:00 p.m.
(Pacific time) to decide whether to approve the settlements. If you
want to attend the hearing, keep in mind that the date and/or time may
be changed, so you should check the settlement website before
making travel plans. See below for more information.
Who’s Included in the Settlements?
If you were (1) on a roster of an NCAA Division I football or
men’s basketball team, and that team was included in an NCAABranded Videogame originally published from July 21, 2005 through
[preliminary approval date], or (2) you were on such a roster from
May 4, 2003, and your jersey number or photograph appeared in such
a Videogame, you may be a Class Member in one or both of the
There are different class definitions for each settlement. You
should consult the settlement website for more detailed class
definitions and more information about whether you are entitled to a
payment under either settlement.
Are These Settlements Related to the Trial Against the NCAA
I’ve Heard About?
You may have heard recently about a trial involving studentathletes (led by Ed O’Bannon) against the NCAA. Although the trial
involved claims that the NCAA used student-athlete likenesses
without permission, those claims were against the NCAA only for
violations of antitrust laws. Also, unlike the claims being resolved by
this settlement, the claims in the trial involved a request for injunctive
relief (a court order discontinuing certain practices). The claims in the
trial did not involve claims for cash payments for past conduct.
[Alt. A:] The trial in that case ended on June 27, 2014, and on
August 8, the Court granted in part and denied in part the studentathletes’ requested injunction, and the decision is available for review
at [Settlement Website]. The NCAA has appealed. [Alt. B:] The trial
in that case ended on June 27, 2014, and the Court ruled in favor of
the student-athletes. The decision is available for review at
What Do the Settlements Provide?
Both proposed settlements provide for cash payments to eligible
Class Members. You can make a claim under both settlements. More
information about how payments will be calculated (the “Distribution
Plan”) is available at the settlement website.
In addition, Class Counsel will seek from the Court the following
attorneys’ fees awards: (1) EA Videogame Settlement: up to $13.2
million in fees, $2.5 million in expenses, and additional incentive
awards to the Plaintiffs who brought the suits ranging from $2,500–
$15,000 each; (2) NCAA Videogame Settlement: up to $5.8 million
in fees, $500,000 in expenses, and additional incentive awards to the
Plaintiffs of $5,000 each.
Class Counsel will file petitions for these awards on
_________________________. The Court will decide the amounts (if
any) of these awards at the Fairness Hearing (see below).
What Are Your Options?
(1) Get a Payment:
You are eligible for a cash payment if you qualify and submit a
Claim Form—either online or by mail—to the Settlement
Administrator by April 30, 2015. More information about how to
complete and submit the Claim Form is available at the settlement
Requesting or receiving a payment under these settlements
will NOT affect your eligibility to compete in NCAA athletics.
(2) Exclude Yourself from One or Both Settlements:
You must submit a separate exclusion (or “opt-out”) request for
each settlement from which you wish to exclude yourself. You may
exclude yourself from one or both settlements. Your exclusion request
must be mailed to the Settlement Administrator’s address below so
that it is postmarked by ____________________. More information
about how to opt out is available at the settlement website.
(3) Object to One or Both Settlements:
You have the right to object to any element of one or both
settlements, including the Distribution Plans and Class Counsel’s
requests for fees, costs, and incentive awards. You cannot object in
order to ask the Court for a higher payment for yourself personally,
although you can object to the payment terms that apply generally to
More information about how to object to one or both settlements
is available at the settlement website.
When/Where Is the Fairness Hearing?
The Court will hold a hearing on May 14, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.
(Pacific time) to consider whether to approve the settlements,
including the Distribution Plans and the attorneys’ fees and incentive
awards. You may ask to appear at the Hearing, but you don’t have to.
The courthouse address is _______________________________.
The date and/or time of the Fairness Hearing may be changed, so you
should check the settlement website before making travel plans.
How Do I Get More Information?
The settlement website, www.________settlement.com, contains
more detailed information. You also may call the Settlement
______________, or write to the Settlement Administrator at Gilardi
& Co. LLC, ____________________.
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