California NFL Apparel Settlement

Villa v. San Francisco Forty Niners, Ltd., et al.
In the United States District Court for the Northern District of California; Civil No. 12-cv-5481-EJD

Welcome to the California NFL Apparel Settlement Website

A class action lawsuit involving the NFL, thirty individual NFL clubs, NFL Properties, Inc., and Reebok International Ltd. received preliminary settlement approval in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California on April 21, 2016.

Under the proposed settlement, all persons who made a purchase between October 25, 2008 and April 1, 2012 in California at retail for personal use and not for resale or for other commercial gain of a licensed jersey, hat, or pair of shoes bearing the Intellectual Property of the NFL or its member teams are potential class members and may be entitled to participate in a proposed class action settlement.

Qualifying class members who submit a valid and timely Claim Form online or postmarked by September 3, 2016 may be eligible to receive a cash payment of an amount of money for each Eligible Purchase.

The plaintiff in the lawsuit claims that the Defendants violated the federal Sherman Act, California Cartwright Act and Unfair Competition Law by entering into a series of agreements that allegedly limited competition among rival apparel manufacturers and increased prices for purchasers of products bearing the Intellectual Property. The Defendants deny all of the plaintiff’s allegations and are entering into this settlement solely to avoid burdensome and costly litigation. The settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing.

The Judge will hold a Final Approval Hearing (“Fairness Hearing”) at 9:00 a.m. on November 17, 2016 to consider whether the settlement is fair, reasonable and adequate. If there are objections, the Judge will consider them. The Judge will listen to people who have asked to speak at the hearing. After the hearing, the Judge will decide whether to approve the settlement. We do not know how long this decision will take.

As a potential Class Member, you may submit a claim form to be eligible to receive a payment, request exclusion from the Settlement, file an objection with the Court and ask to speak at the hearing if you wish, or do nothing. If you do nothing you will get no cash payment and you will give up your rights.

IF YOU ARE A CLASS MEMBER AND YOU WISH TO BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A CASH PAYMENT, YOU MUST FILE A CLAIM ONLINE OR POSTMARKED BY MAIL NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 3, 2016. TO PROCEED ONLINE, PRESS THE BUTTON BELOW.

To learn more about the terms of the proposed Settlement and how your legal rights may be affected, you should view the Settlement Documents and answers to the Frequently Asked Questions provided on this website.