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EA sued by NCAA over player likeness settlement

The NCAA is filed a lawsuit against EA over a settlement designed to end an ongoing class action lawsuit over the alleged use of player likenesses in the publisher's college football series.

USA Today reports the NCAA filed the suit on November 4, accusing EA and the Collegiate Licensing Co of breach of contractual obligations in agreeing to settle the NCAA player likeness case.

Some of these breaches include failing to maintain liability insurance against claims just like this, which would have covered the NCAA's legal costs during the proceedings. The association also accuses the CLC of failing to adequately supervise EA or produce documentation allowing the NCAA to do it.

The suit aims to bar EA and the CLC from proceeding with the settlement, have EA cover all NCAA's future liability related to EA games, and cover legal fees for both this suit and the player likeness case.

EA and the NCAA have yet to comment on the matter, while the CLC decried responsibility in the affair, with a spokesperson saying it valued both relationships and that the suit "should not involve" the company.

Thanks, Polygon.

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