Judge rules EA Sports class action settlement fair in preliminary hearing

A judge has ruled the class action settlement in Pecover v. Electronic Arts fair in a preliminary hearing and has set the official fairness hearing for February 7th, 2013, according to the Courthouse News Service.

Polygon reported earlier on the case, in which EA Sports proposed a settlement of $27 million in the face of claims that EA's partnership with the National Football League, National Collegiate Athletic Association, the Collegiate Licensing Co., and the Arena Football League killed off any competing football games. The settlement agreement also demands that EA not renew their exclusivity agreements with the CLC, which will expire in 2014, or negotiate exclusive agreements with the CLC or NCAA for five years following.

Gilardi & Co. LLC, the law firm handling the case, sent out an email to involved parties regarding their rights in the class action lawsuit. Affected parties who purchased a copy of Madden NFL, NCAA Football, or Arena Football between January 1st, 2005, to June 21st, 2012 have three options: submitting a claim form or objection, or opting out all together.

Those eligible and interested in claiming part of the class-action suit will be awarded up to $6.79 per copy. For a complete notice of dates and legal rights in the lawsuit, you can view the email here.

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