04:24 PM - August 13, 2013 by MMChrisS
The Skinny: O'Bannon lawyers have asked a judge to throw out defense attempts to delay a class action suit ruling, calling the defense attempts "absurd" and "astonishing."
Team Ed O'Bannon is accusing the NCAA and the other defendents in the college likenesses case of delaying a decision about class-action certification in the case.
The O'Bannon team is concerned that if the proceedings are granted by the court then the case could be tied up in court for years before a decision on class-action certification is reached. In the filing, the O'Bannon legal team called the defendants' arguments and requests on the "verge of nonsensical", "astonishing", "absurd", and "astounding."
The NCAA, EA, and the CLC should be able to file a reply to the plantiff's claims.
The class action certification of the case is the next step and will determine quite a bit as some legal analysts have suggested it is the biggest decision within the case as class-action certification will likely enable thousands of current and former college football and men's basketball players -- which could raise the stakes into the billions of dollars, so it stands to reason why the defendants are trying to delay such a decision. There has been some discussion that if the case is certified as a class action, the next step will be an out of court settlement by all parties.
We'll keep an eye on this very important case to see how the case evolves next, as the future of college sports video games likely rests on the outcome of this case in some manner.