Collegiate Licensing Company asks judge to remove 4 plaintiffs from O'Bannon case

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

The nation's leading collegiate licensing firm, one of three co-defendants in the Ed O'Bannon case, filed several complaints with a federal judge Thursday.

Collegiate Licensing Company, which manages licensing deals for around 200 colleges and universities, filed legal papers on Thursday requesting that a federal judge remove four of five active student-athlete plaintiffs in an anti-trust lawsuit, according to Steve Berkowitz of USA Today. The suit, led by former NCAA basketball player Ed O'Bannon, claims that the college sports industry has profited from the unauthorized and uncompensated use of student-athletes' names and likenesses.

CLC also asked the court to dismiss all the plaintiffs' allegations that don't relate to video games or game broadcasts.

Among CLC's complaints to Judge Claudia Wilken, according to Berkowitz:

  • The plaintiffs went beyond the scope of what Wilken said she would allow when they amended their complaints and added six active student-athlete plaintiffs, one of whom has already withdrawn from the case.
  • The plaintiffs said they would narrow the case to video games and game broadcasts in a June 20 hearing, but did not do so.
  • The plaintiffs changed their legal tactics and theories during the case.

The NCAA and Electronic Arts, the other two co-defendants in the case, separately claimed this week that they should be dismissed from the lawsuit. A Sept. 5 hearing is set in response to EA's filing.

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