We've been following the O'Bannon v NCAA / EA case pretty closely here at Gaming Nexus, considering the fallout of this case resulted in the death of the NCAA Football franchise. After months of litigation, hearings, statements, and motions, it looks as though this saga is about to come to an end.
Attorneys representing student-athletes who claim EA illegally used student-athletes' likenesses in the franchise filed a motion today to approve a settlement that could end up meaning thousands of dollars in settlement payments to affected payments.
What does this mean? Well, it's historic. This is the first time anyone has successfully litigated the NCAA on behalf of a student-athlete. Terms of the settlement haven't been made public yet due to the delay of the court not stamping its approval of the settlement, but it's expected to happen next week. Judge Claudia Wilken has to grant preliminary approval before the U.S. District Court of Northern California gives it's final seal of approval.
Here is a statement from the law firm of Hagens Berman, the firm who represented the plaintiffs.