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June 15th 2009:Ron Katz and the Retired Player Class Action Suit

A 1972 graduate of the Harvard Law School & a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, Ron Katz first represented retired professional athletes when he won the first and only jury verdict against Major League Baseball in the late 1990's. He brought suit on behalf of a class of 2062 retired professional football players against their union, the NFLPA, in 2007 for using their likenesses without payment, particularly in the Electronic Arts Madden video games. In November, 2008, that class prevailed in a jury trial, winning $7.1 million in actual damages and $21 million in punitive damages. That case settled l

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A 1972 graduate of the Harvard Law School & a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, Ron Katz first represented retired professional athletes when he won the first and only jury verdict against Major League Baseball in the late 1990's. He brought suit on behalf of a class of 2062 retired professional football players against their union, the NFLPA, in 2007 for using their likenesses without payment, particularly in the Electronic Arts Madden video games. In November, 2008, that class prevailed in a jury trial, winning $7.1 million in actual damages and $21 million in punitive damages. That case settled last week when the union agreed to pay $26.25 million to the class members.
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