The Battlefield 4 class-action lawsuit continues [UPDATE]

[UPDATE] Legal team says the proceedings remain ongoing.

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[UPDATE and CORRECTION] Following the publication of this story, a representative for Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP told GameSpot that the case is not in fact over and remains ongoing. As noted in the firm's original December announcement, the class-action lawsuit was commenced on the behalf of Mr. Ryan Kelley and "all others similarly situated." GameSpot regrets the error.

The original story is below.

The class-action lawsuit against Electronic Arts concerning Battlefield 4 has amounted to nothing at all. Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP--the legal team behind the high-profile Enron lawsuit--commenced the legal action in the middle of December, but the case required a lead plaintiff (someone materially harmed by the company's sales performance) to come forward within 60 days for the case to become an actual class-action lawsuit.

That never happened. And now all mention of the case has been scrubbed from Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd's website. We have reached out to Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd a half-dozen times over the past two weeks and in every case could not reach the lawyers behind the proceedings. Messages through voicemail and email were not returned.

The original complaint alleged that during the July 24-December 3 Class Period, defendants issued "materially false and misleading statements" regarding Battlefield 4. As a result of these statements, EA's share value rose and reached a high for the period of $28.13--allowing certain EA senior executives to sell their shares at the inflated price, the suit claimed. Various EA senior executives--including CEO Andrew Wilson--indeed sold thousands of shares ahead of Battlefield 4's release in November, but it appears this was not out of the ordinary.

The lawsuit also featured charges related to the bug-ridden PlayStation 4 version of Battlefield 4. EA's share value fell after the company disclosed the game's various issues, and then even further after EA said it had halted all future projects until the issues could be fixed. EA has since clarified that its work on fixing the Battlefield 4 issues has not impacted the release schedule of any of its future games, which led to the company's stock bouncing back significantly.

From day one, EA maintained that the lawsuit was "meritless," telling GameSpot in December that, "We intend to aggressively defend ourselves, and we're confident the court will dismiss the complaint in due course." We have reached out to EA corporate communication for a comment on the lawsuit's dissolution and are awaiting a response.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Discussion

72 comments
tightwad34
tightwad34

Oh Eddie. You are so good at reporting bullshit. I guess I could group this with the best of them, or maybe I mean the worst.

Takeno456
Takeno456

It is sad that EA escaped this one unscathed. Looks like they will continue to release half finished games, charge full price, fix them with loads of patches for several months and then have some crappy pass or DLC to round it all off. Another day at the office for EA.

DeathProofDelta
DeathProofDelta

Its still full of bugs, I've lost count of how many times I've had to start a new campaign because its lost my game progress.

kryotech
kryotech

Ya know, it's kind of tough to sue someone for making a bad game. EA can just plead incompetence. It's like that Monty Python skit for the dirty hungarian phrasebook. "I plead incompetence your honor". lol

deadpen
deadpen

"The Battlefield 4 class-action lawsuit went nowhere"

Like my EA log-in for BF 4

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

I'm about as surprised by this as I was when the lawsuit first came to light.  It didn't sound like it was going anywhere then, either.

rmartinezdl
rmartinezdl

Just like the Development and Bug Fixing of the game, that never happened.

Butt_Chunx
Butt_Chunx

Well that's unfortunate, I was hoping EA would get sued, lose a bunch of money and hopefully learn from that and stop releasing broken games.

djpetitte
djpetitte

because it was a bunch of bullshit, the game plays very well on PC if you know wtf you're doing. 

Riddick123
Riddick123

So how about that Kinect watching you?  Verizon is the new Microsoft when it comes to opinion and statements.  Sony proves they are having money issues.  Oh, and the Counter Strike creator says FPS games aren't as fun as they used to be.  Well duh


Feel free to discuss.

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

busted comment sections?


GG gamespot dead.

fern420
fern420

it got the SEC's attention; the suit did it's job. 

Tigerbite2
Tigerbite2

I'm only commenting here because some dummy forgot to enable comments on all the newer articles. :[

repetitious
repetitious

PC gamers with a collection of early access games shouldnt be here fussin....

vylasni
vylasni

So EA released a game with bugs and made money at it. Moving along... nothing to see here. Now if we could only channel the kind of hate video game makers get to things that matter like the environment or social justice... bah!

Jacanuk
Jacanuk

lol well at least the lawfirm got their name in the papers for a bit :D


mikebell1983
mikebell1983

Translation- If a lead plaintiff steps up and foolishly tries to go against us we will destroy you and your family, now all of you take this lil bribe right here, buy you some Starbucks and STFU

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

Not surprised the game works fine on PC, can't comment about the console version.

radcrab123
radcrab123

well........im fine with it  because of the recent patch the PS3 Version of BF4 Is completely fixed so i can play a marathon of 7 hours before going to get drunk off of ice cream made sure not to buy the pc version as my computer Would not run that right at all though :P


also some bugs that i experience are actually quite funny like when i get my head blown off im still alive but my body ragdollizes and i go flying into space in third person view or a tank flying off the grown and crashing into a heli lol

ischiasal
ischiasal

AFTER BUYING BATTLEFIELD 4 AND PLAYING THE STORY MODE , I WAS ALMOST AT THE END OF THE GAME , WHEN I TRY TO FINISH ALL IS WIPED OFF , ALL SAVINGS GONE , I COULD NOT BELIEVE IT , HOW THIS COULD BE POSSIBLE , NEVER HAPPENED IN THE HISTORY OF GAMING THAT I REMEMBER , SHOCKING , SO HUNGRY .  I CALLED CUSTMERS SERVICE EA  , USELESS  .  I DONT THINK IS EA FAULT IF THE GAME IS FUCKED UP , ITS DICE IN SWEDEN THAT MADE THE GAME , ITX SUCH A SHAME I LOVE THE STORY MODE , ONLINE IS SUPERB AND IAM NOT HAVING ISSUES WITH THAT .   

berzerk0912
berzerk0912

@djpetitte Is there still rubber banding issues, and has the hit detection been somewhat fixed? I haven't bought it yet.

teller76567
teller76567

@Riddick123  I'm in shock over hearing the Kinect scandal that has been going on....i'm lost in words over it. One thing is for sure is i'm not supporting the xbox one's Kinect 2.0 Microsoft needs to release a xbox one with out the Kinect knowing they wont because it's a part of it's base its foundation. Knowing that it wont happen i guess that i won't be getting a xbox one. 


I lost my best friend over a xbox one and a match of COD black ops 2 Microsoft has done so much damage in my life since last summer. 

unreal101
unreal101

@Riddick123 The Verizon article is total bull. Gamers are already paying more for internet, because most of them purchase high-speed connections. To charge them on top of that is shameless, blatant double-dipping.


Oh, well, since net neutrality's dead I guess they own us now.

gamingnerd121
gamingnerd121

@Riddick123 This is just human nature, but it's saddening when ISP's are screwing with the customers in certain areas of the planet. I like to think we have great internet in Scandinavia, and there's not yet someone dominating the market.

I do somewhat understand that some are more heavy bandwidth users, but i still don't agree with it.

themc_7
themc_7

@Tigerbite2  yeah I was wondering what was up with that. I had some rage to spill on that Verizon article!

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Jacanuk lol. I highly doubt this is going to make it to any newspaper out there. If it does please let me know.

djpetitte
djpetitte

@SteamyPotatoes

that's what I have been saying from the beginning. if you know what you are doing on a higher end PC the game runs great. 

lipsyte
lipsyte

@ischiasal  DICE made the game, but EA pushed for the release while the game obviously needed some extra work. See the Watchdog exemple with Ubisoft for exemple. They took the risk to delay the game to avoid the crappy lunch BF experienced.

uchihasilver
uchihasilver

@gamingnerd121  even though i'm a PC gamer it saddens me to know Sony is struggling =/ sony has been around for a long time in a lot of electronic markets and they are being overtaken by corrupt companies like samsung.


look at how many lawsuits samsung get themselves into with apple alone, build quality of their top range phones is appalling and yes i use one also look at people who have had something wrong with their products and have then been told they have to take videos down and all sorts otherwise they wont fix a faulty product =S


but anyway lets all just think about what the gaming world would be like without Sony since most of us probably grew up playing PS1/PS2 and later went on to PS3/4 i think its safe to say if that day ever comes that they go bankrupt it will be a sad day indeed even a lot of Xbox fans can agree with this as i know a lot of Xbox fans have no issues with PS4 etc. its just the ones who do for no reason are outspoken morons same as PC master race and Sony fonboys.

arqe
arqe

@themc_7 @Tigerbite2  verizon said really stupid thing , we are all together now ps fanboys , xbox fanboys and pc fanboys.

voltran time !

uchihasilver
uchihasilver

@unreal101 @uchihasilver @gamingnerd121  True, but i still dont want to see it happen, hopefully if it ever comes to it though Sony can sell of the rest of the business and just keep smartphones and playstation since they seem to be the only areas where they do well 

unreal101
unreal101

@uchihasilver @gamingnerd121 Sony dug their own grave by trying to go "premium". They charged higher prices than the competition, and were able to get away with it for some time because at one point their products really WERE better.


In recent years, though, the competition has caught up to Sony in terms of quality, while selling at a lower price. It's no surprise they're struggling.