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EA Football Video Game Class Action Settlement Checks On the Way

By Matt O’Donnell

 

Madden NFL settlement

UPDATE: Payments went out to Class Members in late October 2013. Congratulations to our Top Class Actions readers who submitted a valid claim and got PAID!

 

A federal appeals court on Friday dismissed an appeal of the EA football video game settlement that was delaying payouts of the $27 million class action lawsuit settlement. Settlement checks will be distributed soon to Class Members who filed a valid Claim Form.

The EA football video game settlement was approved by the Court on May 30, 2013, but an appeal was filed on June 28. The Class Member who filed the appeal, Aaron Miller, had objected to the legal fees being paid out of the settlement fund, which amounted to $7.29 million — or 27 percent of the total fund. His objection was dismissed since the court’s guidelines stipulate that the fees should comprise no more than 30 percent of the fund.

Miller decided to appeal the dismissal of his objection to the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. On August 16, the appeal was dismissed.


The class action settlement will resolve claims that EA violated antitrust and consumer protection lawsuits by holding exclusive license agreements with the NFL, NCAA and AFL to market branded football video games. The alleged deal drove out competitors and enabled EA to price-gouge consumers, including by charging 70 percent more for “Madden NFL,” according to the 2008 class action lawsuit.

Class Members who submitted a valid Claim Form by the May 15, 2013 deadline can expect to see checks in the mail soon. Checks will range from $5.85 to $162.96, depending on which game(s) they purchased.

Top Class Actions has been following the EA football video game litigation since the class action lawsuit was certified in 2011. Congratulations to our readers who submitted a valid claim and will receive payouts. We would love to hear how much money you received from the class action settlement in the comment section below.

 

The case is Geoffrey Pecover v. Electronic Arts, Case No. 8-cv-02820 CW, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Oakland.

 

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98 Comments

  • Mr. Gibson August 19, 2013

    Its about time. Its crazy how “1 person” was the cause of everybody’s payments being delayed. Im glad to hear they dismissed it. Now Im waiting on Ab Circle Pro to stop bs’ing and get us our money. Any updates on the Ab Circle Pro settlement checks?

  • jeff August 21, 2013

    Any idea when the checks will go out. I have a problem. I put in for this class action lawsuit at my home address and my so whom I bought these games for also put me in this suit. So I’m afraid I double dipped. Any suggestions? Should I call the claims administrator? Thanks

  • Tina August 25, 2013

    Is there a number to call to see if your check is on the way?

  • Tina August 25, 2013

    Is there a number to call to see if your check is on the way?

  • Tina August 25, 2013

    Is there a number to call to see if your check is on the way?

  • Tina August 25, 2013

    Is there a number to call to see if your check is on the way?

  • Mike August 25, 2013

    Hi Were they mailed out already?

  • Bob Walters August 26, 2013

    If you filed a claim for the Ab Circle Pro then you might not get a payout. The FCC was involved in this case and if you filed a claim in any previous FCC involved cases they are going to deny your claim. I received this information straight from a representative of the FCC.

  • Bob Walters August 26, 2013

    If you filed a claim for the Ab Circle Pro then you might not get a payout. The FCC was involved in this case and if you filed a claim in any previous FCC involved cases they are going to deny your claim. I received this information straight from a representative of the FCC.

  • keith August 28, 2013

    does anyone know when the checks will be sent out or already in the mail

  • keith August 28, 2013

    does anyone know when the checks will be sent out or already in the mail

  • kalena August 29, 2013

    Heard they were being sent out this week

  • kalena August 29, 2013

    Heard they were being sent out this week

  • AMY August 30, 2013

    KALENA WHERE DID YOU GET THE INFORMATION FROM WAS IT A WEBSITE OR PHONE#?

  • AMY August 30, 2013

    KALENA WHERE DID YOU GET THE INFORMATION FROM WAS IT A WEBSITE OR PHONE#?

  • Sharonwoofs August 30, 2013

    Where is the check

  • Sharonwoofs August 30, 2013

    Where is the check

  • Sharonwoofs August 30, 2013

    Where is the check

  • Sharonwoofs August 30, 2013

    Where is the check

  • Sharonwoofs August 30, 2013

    Where is the check

  • Denise August 30, 2013

    Was this lawsuit only if you had the reciepts.? I found my reciepts but to late to file.

  • Angel August 31, 2013

    HI. DENISE NO YOU DID NOT HAVE TO HAVE A RECIPIT. BUT THE DEADLINE HAS PASS.

  • Denise August 31, 2013

    Thank you angel.

  • mike September 3, 2013

    I got mine $90.00

  • mike September 3, 2013

    I’m from Chicago. check your mailboxes :)

  • Dianne September 4, 2013

    Has anyone received a check or heard anything from this case. Top Class have they released or mailed these checks?

  • Brian September 4, 2013

    Nothing in NC

  • Sharondenham September 4, 2013

    Nothing in Mississippi

  • Sharondenham September 4, 2013

    Nothing here

  • diane September 4, 2013

    Nothing yet in NJ

  • Jessica September 4, 2013

    Nothing in west TN

  • Mike September 5, 2013

    Nothing in Western,NY yet.

  • Holly September 5, 2013

    Nothing in pa

  • Dianne September 5, 2013

    It seems that only this one person is reporting a check…nothing in Mississippi

  • courtney September 5, 2013

    I see that only one person has gotten a check. I live in Alabama, and what is the contact number and what day was they mailed, because it seem that more people should have gotten a check today also.

  • deb September 5, 2013

    nothing in AZ

  • Holly September 5, 2013

    I got this email yesterday , At this time a date for the disbursement of payments has not been established. You may contact us again within 2 to 3 weeks for a status update.

    Sincerely,
    Sheron Kelly
    Electronic Arts Settlement Administrator
    http://www.easportslitigation.com

  • Gamer September 5, 2013

    That is the exact same email I received back from them about 3 weeks ago and also the same one I received today. So I guess they just keep telling everyone to check back in 2 to 3 weeks, looks like a form letter. I can’t believe that TCA doesn’t verify the info first before posting such a major announcement.

    EDITOR’S NOTE – We typically confirm with the settlement administrator, or through other trusted sources (like the plaintiff attorneys) before we post an update like this. We’re digging into it and will post an update. I apologize for any confusion! -Scott

  • PROFESSIONAL September 5, 2013

    WHO IS THIS MIKE #24? WHAT KIND OF CHECK DID HE GET FOR $90.00? UNBELIVEABLE, FOR TCA TO PUT THIS OUT THAT THE CHECKS ARE IN THE MAIL.

  • Lol September 5, 2013

    Not sure why everyone is freaking out. I don’t see why someone would lie about getting the check. It isn’t funny if so.

    Maybe they’re coming soon, maybe in the next few weeks… It will come.

  • Sharondenham September 6, 2013

    Is tell the truth Mike

  • Sharondenham September 6, 2013

    Is you tell the truth

  • Angel in CALIFORNIA September 13, 2013

    ANY UPDATES.

  • Sharondenham September 15, 2013

    What’s going on with the check

  • Iowa September 16, 2013

    Per http://www.topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/4847-extreme-supplement-class-action-settlement-checks-mailed : “UPDATE: We originally reported that settlement checks for the EA Football video game class action had been distributed, based on a false report from a reader. The Settlement Administrator has confirmed that payments have not been distributed and will not go out until after the November 21, 2013, Approval Hearing. We apologize for any confusion and will update you accordingly.”

  • Angel in CALIFORNIA September 20, 2013

    THANKS, IOWA FOR THE INFOR.

  • Melisa Hernandez October 15, 2013

    It’s Oct.15th. Any word on EA Games checks? Thanks.
    Melisa in Utah

  • Iowa October 21, 2013

    Melisa… See post #45. “…The Settlement Administrator has confirmed that payments have not been distributed and will not go out until after the November 21, 2013″.

  • Melisa October 21, 2013

    Thanks Iowa…. I don’t know how I missed that post.

  • janell_carr October 22, 2013

    all I do is ignore the process all you can do is wait it will be before you know it

  • Studmonkey October 26, 2013

    According to the ea class action webpage, checks have been mailed

  • angela October 28, 2013

    Does anyone know a phone number that I could actually speak to someone?

  • ANGEL IN CALIFORNIA October 29, 2013

    HI, ANGELA. THE # IS 1-888-213-8331. GOOD LUCK.

  • James October 29, 2013

    The class action website reports that checks are being issued now. Here’s hoping.

  • Phil October 30, 2013

    Has anyone received a check yet?

  • AMY October 30, 2013

    KANSAS CITY ,MAIL MAN JUST CAME NO CHECK.

  • Anthony October 30, 2013

    I got the feeling they are giving people the run around I sent in a claim electronically back in early march 2013. So I called Gilardi & co the lawyers for the plaintiff today 10/30/13 and they said they don’t have a claim for me. And I can’t get a hold of anyone from easportlitigation.com, this is screwed up.

  • Anthony October 30, 2013

    If you receive a check please post. Thank You

  • Rob October 31, 2013

    nothing in IL today. If mailed from Calif. probably tomorrow.

  • Allison November 1, 2013

    Call the following number for to get official update (e.i. amount of check, if you have a claim and when the check was sent out)

    415-461-0410 (Gilardo & Co,LLC)

  • Jamin November 2, 2013

    Check just arrived!!!!!!!!!! In North Carolina!

  • maxwell November 3, 2013

    Just rec’d my check for 40.74 today….

  • Rob November 3, 2013

    Do the checks come on postcards? Does anyone know?

  • Steve November 3, 2013

    Was emailing them a month or so ago about confirming my address. They said they had a claim at my current address but nothing here in Nebraska yet.

    May try to call tomorrow if nothing shows up

  • Nick November 4, 2013

    Just my check in the mail on a postcard similar to other class action postcards for $46. Not sure if this is real or not, but I know for certain that I filled out my claim form.

  • Jason November 4, 2013

    got a check today for $24.00. I never filed a claim.

  • Jen November 4, 2013

    Got mine today.

  • hasone November 4, 2013

    got mine today 87.54 is check real ?

  • Nathan November 4, 2013

    i got mine today, i received $61.11 thank God. i am so glad…

  • SheldorAFK November 4, 2013

    I just got a (postcard) check for $162.96 in Memphis, TN.
    Hopefully it’s real, lol, just deposited it. o.O

  • ErichB November 4, 2013

    Just received a $24.00 check – don’t recall what I purchased that got me into the settlement – so no complaints from me…

  • belfryboy66 November 4, 2013

    I got my check here in ky for 24 dollars!

  • Got my check November 4, 2013

    $55 and some change

  • Simone November 4, 2013

    $29.25 postcard check today in Atlanta, GA

  • HimDownstairs November 5, 2013

    Got mine in FL $169.02

  • Montay November 5, 2013

    I got my check today $24

  • Malik November 5, 2013

    I got mines today $24 in Atlanta Ga

  • Drey November 5, 2013

    Got mine for $24 in NJ today. Extremely confused but not complaining, it’s just that I never filed a claim nor heard about this case before today. Whatever, who cares, thanks Pecover whoever you are!

  • Phil November 5, 2013

    Got mine in Florida $209

  • MommyCareBear NC November 5, 2013

    Got mine on yesterday. $20.37.

  • ANGEL IN CALIFORNIA November 6, 2013

    NOTHING FOR ME YET.

  • stanlyman November 6, 2013

    Nothing Here in Michigan!! what’s taking so long for Michiganders to receive theirs…..

  • Carla November 6, 2013

    I was told that the checks are being mailed from Virginia; I live in Maryland and haven’t received mine yet. Said it was cut Oct. 29th.

  • amy November 6, 2013

    nothing in kc

  • Dannielle November 6, 2013

    emailed them and was told there was one sent to my address and they went out on the 30th…but here in Ohio the mail just ran and still nothing!

  • Jessica November 6, 2013

    Same here, but in Tennessee. Was told it was mailed.

  • ed November 6, 2013

    got mine yesterday for 61.11 in ct

  • ed November 6, 2013

    and yes they are pretty standard postcard checks for those that are asking….

  • Sharon November 7, 2013

    I got that 162.96 today

  • Sharon November 7, 2013

    In Hattiesburg, Mississippi today Irreceived one went to the bank it look like a post card very small

  • Andy November 7, 2013

    I got mine today, $106.xx. Has anyone tried to cash yet? In virginia

  • ANGEL IN CALIFORNIA November 8, 2013

    STILL NOTHING FOR ME YET.

  • TOM November 8, 2013

    I AM FROM OHIO AND I GOT MINE YESTERDAY $24.00

  • ANGEL IN CALIFORNIA November 9, 2013

    GOT MY CHECK TODAY FOR $64.14. THANKS.
    T.C.A

  • steve November 9, 2013

    So I emailed them worried about it not having arrived yet so they were gonna reissue me a check….

    It came today. Emailed them about it, but took it to the bank already. Worst case I gotta do a little phone talk when the check doesn’t clear

  • Robin November 10, 2013

    I received a check for $24 today. I did not submit a claim, but did purchase these games.

  • Lana November 11, 2013

    I got my &24 check saturday. I’m from Hawaii. I didnt file a claim but I did purchase a game for my son. no complaints here!

  • Micah Oxendine December 5, 2013

    Purchased Madden 2009 from Game Stop at Christmas.

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