It's your money? You want it now? Tough. Now it could be another year before some $27 million is distributed to gamers from Electronic Arts' settlement of a class-action lawsuit brought against the exclusive license its Madden NFL series held. Why? Someone's objecting to the lawyers' fees.
To recap, more than five years ago Electronic Arts was sued by a man, Geoffrey Pecover, who argued that the infamous exclusive license EA Sports has to make NFL video games was illegal under antitrust law and amounted to a price-fixing scheme. The case became a class action in 2009, and almost a year ago EA settled with the plaintiffs, establishing a $27 million pool of damages while admitting no wrongdoing.