|[July 23, 2014]
Hagens Berman Urges Student-Athletes to File Claims, as Keller, O'Bannon NCAA Settlements Merge
SEATTLE --(Business Wire)--
The parties in the Keller and O'Bannon lawsuits filed final paperwork in
federal court today adjusting their respective settlements to create one
claims process, according to attorneys at Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro.
The settlement will affect all Division I NCAA football and men's
basketball players whose teams appeared in any NCAA-branded video game
released by Electronic Arts from 2003 to 2014.
If approved by Chief Judge Claudia Wilken of the U.S. District Court in
Northern California, the settlement will distribute $60 million to
eligible student-athletes who file claims.
In merging the settlements, the cap on the amount student-athletes can
receive in the settlement was removed. Without a cap, student-athletes
who participate will receive a proportional share of the $60 million
fund based on variables, including the number of video games in which
Student-athletes can be kept apprised of the case status and claims by
"We would love for every athlete to participate and get their fair share
of the $60 million settlement, but realistically, many may not find out
about the settlement until it's too late," said Steve Berman, managing
partner of Hagens Berman representing players in the case. "We urge
student-athletes to talk to their former teammates and encourage them to
make a claim."
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP is a consumer-rights class-action law
firm with offices in nine cities. The firm has been named to the
National Law Journal's Plaintiffs' Hot List seven times. More about the
law firm and its successes can be found at www.hbsslaw.com.
The firm's class-action law blog is located at www.classactionlawtoday.com.
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