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High Court Rejects Electronic Arts’ Free Speech Claim

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The Electronic Arts booth at E3 in 2015.Photograph by Daniel Boczarski — WireImage/Getty Images

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected Electronic Arts’ (EA) bid to revive its free speech defense in a lawsuit filed by former NFL players who accused the video game maker of using their likenesses in the popular Madden NFL series without permission or proper compensation.

The high court left in place a January 2015 ruling by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that rejected the company’s free speech claims and said the lawsuit could move forward.