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College Athletes Can Sue EA Over Images

A federal appeals court ruled that video game maker Electronic Arts must face legal claims by college players that it unfairly used their images without compensation.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Redwood City, Calif., company can’t invoke the 1st Amendment to shield it from the players’ lawsuit.

The legal action was filed in 2009 by Sam Keller, a quarterback who played for Arizona State before transferring to the University of Nebraska. It argues for class action status to represent all current and former players and has been combined with a similar lawsuit filed by former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon against the NCAA.

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