A lawsuit filed by Madden
developer Robin Antonick against Electronic Arts back in 2011 continues to rumble on, as a jury has found that the statute of limitations on the claim has not expired.
Antonick claims that
his code, as found in the original Madden
games in the 1980s, was then subsequently used by EA in a number of later Madden
titles without his knowledge.
However, EA said that Antonick had waited too long to file a lawsuit -- if Antonick had known about this alleged use of his code before 2005, the deadline for filing this fraud and breach-of-contract lawsuit would have expired.
A jury in a federal court in San Francisco has now found that Antonick has proof that he didn't know about EA allegedly using his work, and as such, the trial can now proceed.
"We are grateful that the jury saw though EA's misleading arguments and we look forward to recovering the maximum amount the law allows for Mr. Antonick," Antonick's attorney told Bloomberg
. Antonick is seeking damages of around $16 million, and nearly $200 million of EA's Madden
Meanwhile, an EA spokesperson said, "While we're disappointed that the trial will proceed, we are confident that we will prevail on the merits once the evidence is presented."