EA Seeks To Trim Calif. Publicity Claim From Madden Suit

Law360, San Francisco (April 7, 2017, 10:36 PM EDT) -- Electronic Arts asked a California federal judge Friday to trim a state law right-of-publicity claim from a suit by former National Football League players over the use of their likenesses in Madden video games, saying the law’s narrow language excludes the game’s avatars, which all use the same generic faces.

EA attorney Nicholas David Marais of Keker Van Nest & Peters LLP told U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg that EA was seeking to nix only the California Civil Code Section 3344 claim, and not the broader,...
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