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Antonick vs EA, Complaint and Demand for Jury Trial

Antonick vs EA, Complaint and Demand for Jury Trial

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Complaint of fraud filed against ELECTRONIC ARTS INC on behalf of plaintiff ROBIN ANTONICK by PAYNER LAW FIRM and HAGENS BERMAN SOBOL SHAPIRO LLP.

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Demand Detail:
As a result of Electronic Arts' fraudulent behavior, Antonick has been unlawfully deprived of tens of millions of dollars in royalty payments owed under the 1986 Contract and has been deprived of the right to collect even more royalties going forward. Antonick brings this action to recover royalty payments owed now and in the future. In addition, because Electronic Arts intentionally defrauded Antonick of his contractual rights and valuable intellectual property, Antonick requests that Electronic Arts be required to pay an amount equal to the profits that it has earned as the result of its fraudulent behavior and pay punitive damages.

Parties:
Plaintiff Robin Antonick, an individual, is an Illinois resident. A successful college football player himself, Antonick has always had a passion for football. Defendant Electronic Arts Inc., a Delaware corporation, is a multi-billion dollar interactive entertainment software company that produces the Madden NFL videogame franchise.

Complaint of fraud filed against ELECTRONIC ARTS INC on behalf of plaintiff ROBIN ANTONICK by PAYNER LAW FIRM and HAGENS BERMAN SOBOL SHAPIRO LLP.

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Demand Detail:
As a result of Electronic Arts' fraudulent behavior, Antonick has been unlawfully deprived of tens of millions of dollars in royalty payments owed under the 1986 Contract and has been deprived of the right to collect even more royalties going forward. Antonick brings this action to recover royalty payments owed now and in the future. In addition, because Electronic Arts intentionally defrauded Antonick of his contractual rights and valuable intellectual property, Antonick requests that Electronic Arts be required to pay an amount equal to the profits that it has earned as the result of its fraudulent behavior and pay punitive damages.

Parties:
Plaintiff Robin Antonick, an individual, is an Illinois resident. A successful college football player himself, Antonick has always had a passion for football. Defendant Electronic Arts Inc., a Delaware corporation, is a multi-billion dollar interactive entertainment software company that produces the Madden NFL videogame franchise.

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Plaintiff,byandthroughhisattorneys,basedonhisindividualexperiences,theinvestigationofcounsel,anduponinformationandbeliefallegesasfollows:
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INTRODUCTION
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PlaintiffRobinAntonickdevelopedthefirstversionofElectronicArts'now-famousMaddenNFLFootballvideogamefortheCommodore64,MSDOSandAppleIIplatforms.ThefirstversionofMadden
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widelyrecognizedasground-breaking.Atthetime,itwaswidelythoughtimpossibletosuccessfullysimulateanactualfootballgamewithelevenplayersonthefieldforeachlearnduetotheprocessingpowerlimitationsofthencurrenthardware.NotonlydidAntonickdevelopthefirstcommerciallysuccessfulfootballgametosimulate11x11football,hedid
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withadegreeofrealismthatwaswhollyunprecedented.Antonicksground-breakingsoftwarewasmadepossiblebyhisprogrammingskillandcreativitycombinedwithapracticalunderstandingofthegamederivedfromalifeofplayingfootball,includingtimeatthecollegiatelevel.
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AntonickdevelopedthefirstMaddenvideogamepursuanttoaseriesofdevelopmentcontractswithElectronicArtswhichculminatedinacontractexecutedin1986(the"1986
Contract"),
This1986Contracthasneverbeenterminatedandremainsinforcetothisday.ItrequiresElectronicArtstopayAntonickroyaltiesonnotonlytheversionsoftheMaddengamedevelopedbyhimbutalsoanyderivativeworksandanyworks"derived"fromderivativeworks.TherecanbelittlefactualdisputethatAntonickwasthedeveloperofthefirstMaddengamereleasedin1988andislistedonthegameassuch.3.fordecades,ElectronicArtshasavoidedpayingtheseroyaltiesbyaffirmativelyandfraudulentlymisrepresentingtoAntonickthederivationofthecurrentgenerationofMaddenfootballgames.Onlyrecently,asaresultofpublicitysurroundingthe
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AnniversaryoftheMaddenvideogame.didAntonickbecomeawarethatElectronicArtsdidnotindependentlydevelopsubsequentversionsofitsMaddenNFLsoftware.Instead,accordingtorecentstatementsbyElectronicArtsfounderTripHawkins,thecurrentgenerationofsoftwareapparentlywasderivedfromsoftwaredevelopedbyAntonick.Infact,astheresultofextensiveinterviewsandresearchtriggeredbyHawkins'admission,AntonicklearnedthattheleadexecutiveatElectronic
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PlaintiffRobinAntonick,anindividual,isanIllinoisresident.Asuccessfulcollege
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inchargeofinteractingwithhimandwhohadintimateknowledgeofhiscodethenturned2aroundandspent"countlesshours"workingonElectronicArts'supposedly"independently"3developedversionsofthecode.4.AsaresultofElectronicArts'fraudulentbehavior,Antonickhasbeenunlawfully5deprivedoftensofmillionsofdollarsinroyaltypaymentsowedunderthe1986Contractandhas6beendeprivedoftherighttocollectevenmoreroyaltiesgoingforward.Antonickbringsthis7actiontorecoverroyaltypaymentsowednowandinthefuture.
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PARTIES
14footballplayerhimself,Antonickhasalwayshadapassionforfootball.Withtheadventofmodem15computing,Antonickcombinedhispassionforfootballwithatalentforprogrammingbydesigning
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videogame.Antonickhas17hadasuccessfulcareerinthetechnologyindustryincludingmostrecentlyholdingthepositionof18ChiefWebOfficerandChiefOnlineMarketingOfficeratTheChristianScienceMonitor.19AntonickrecentlyreceivedaMastersinManagementfromHarvardUniversity.20
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DefendantElectronicArtsInc.,aDelawarecorporation,isamulti-billiondollar21interactiveentertainmentsoftwarecompanythatproducestheMaddenNFl..videogamefranchise.22Itdescribesitselfasthe"world'sleadinginteractiveentertainmentsoftwarecompany."Electronic23Arts'principalplaceofbusinessisRedwoodCity,California.24
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Asof2010,ElectronicArtshassoldmorethan85millioncopiesofMadden25Footballforover$4billioninsales.2627
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