The United States Federal District Court for the Northern District of California has modified the settlement distribution plan and certified the ongoing lawsuit against EA and its exclusive NFL, NCAA, and AFL licenses since fewer than expected claims were filed. The court has since extended the claims period to May 15, 2013.
For those that either may not know or remember what this lawsuit is about, back in 2008 EA reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit of $27 million for violating antitrust laws by entering exclusive license agreements with NFL, NCAA, and AFL. By doing so they created a monopoly on games regarding those organizations.
So what does this mean for you? Well if you happened to have bought an EA football game for any console between Jan. 1, 2005 and June 21, 2012, you are entitled to file a claim and get a few bucks back.
“If you’ve already filed a claim, you’re good to go, and the court says this agreement won’t decrease your portion of the settlement. If you haven’t filed a claim yet, aren’t an EA employee, and bought a Madden NFL, NCAA Football, or Arena Football game for Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2 or 3, the GameCube, or the Wii between January 1, 2005 and June 21, 2012, you can file a claim on the website and still be eligible to receive some compensation.” – Joystiq
If you did buy an EA football game in that time frame and file a claim, expect a max of $10 or less for your troubles. You may get more than you would have if you traded it into GameStop, EB, or any other retailer buying used games.