Ryan Hart's Lawyer Discusses Importance Of Suit Against EA Sports
McIlwain & Mullen’s Timothy McIlwain, the lawyer representing former Rutgers QB Ryan Hart in his suit against EA Sports for the use of his likeness in a video game, on Friday said Hart is "not being paid at all" by EA Sports for using his likeness, "and it’s a situation where they do pay some athletes and they make choices not to pay others." McIlwain: "There's a fundamental fairness issue here."
McIlwain added the NFLPA, Screen Actors Guild and the representation firm Luminary Groups are “writing briefs in support of my position, because the bottom line is if I and Ryan Hart lose, the Tom Brady's and the Kobe Bryant's are next. When they negotiate, they’re going to say, ‘We don't need to give you money because we have a new ruling. We have precedent,’ and that’s the scary thing” (“Varney & Company,” Fox Business, 2/24).