It looks like Electronic Arts is getting a little breathing room from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco this week concerning Keller v. Electronic Arts.
On July 31 the Ninth Circuit ruled that the company wasn’t protected by the First Amendment from former college athletes’ claims that the company violated their rights by using their likenesses in its NCAA Football games without paying compensation or getting permission.
Shortly after that decision, EA announced that it would seek a review of that ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. The company filed for a delay of 90 days so that it could petition the highest court in the land to review the case. The Ninth Circuit Court approved the delay this week.
If the court accepts the case for review, it would be delayed considerably. If the court rejects the case or affirms the lower court's decision, the trial will move forward.
We'll have more on this story as it develops.