Electronic Arts Settles NCAA Student-Athlete Likeness Cases, Sidelines NCAA 2014

NCAA football2Electronic Arts and Collegiate License Company have announced their global settlement of the claims against them by former and current college athletes alleging that defendants used their images and likenesses in videogames without their authorization, and without compensating them in violation of their publicity rights.  The terms of the settlement are presently confidential.  In an October 1 Order, the Court stayed further proceedings against the settling defendants pending submission to the Court of settlement documents for preliminary approval.

EA contemporaneously announced that it would not be selling the 2014 installment of its college football videogame francise “NCAA Football,” which title and series was and remains a focus of the litigation.  Plaintiffs’ lawsuit continues against NCAA, which was not a party to the settlement.