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Attorneys at consumer-protection law firm Hagens Berman, who are representing purchasers of Electronic Arts, Inc. (“EA”) football video games, have reached a proposed settlement over claims that the gaming giant violated antitrust and consumer protection laws and overcharged consumers for the games.


The case, originally filed June 5, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, alleges that EA violated antitrust and consumer protection laws by establishing exclusive license agreements with the National Football League (NFL), National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and the Arena Football League (AFL). The agreements gave EA the exclusive right to produce football video games with the teams, players and other assets of the NFL, AFL and NCAA, the lawsuit states.

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And this is different to those same organisations making exclusive deals with clothing manufacturors (for team uniforms etc) how ?


I seem to recall a news report sometime in the past couple of years about a sports clothing manufacturor suing the NFL because it wanted to produce team merchandise but the NFL had an exclusive contract with said company's rival.

The claim was for something along the lines of the rival firm had a monopoly on the team merchandise market due to the deal and it amounted to restriction of trade within a certain marketplace.


If I remember correctly the Judge threw it out stating that the NFL could make deals with whoever it wished to.

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