United States District Court - Northern District Court of California

Claudia Wilken, Chief Judge

Richard W. Wieking, Clerk of Court

O'Bannon v. NCAA/Keller v. Electronic Arts Information Page

Case Names & Numbers

Samuel Michael Keller v. Electronic Arts Inc. et al., 4:09-cv-01967-CW (lead case)
Edward C. O'Bannon, Jr. v. National Collegiate Athletic Association et al., 4:09-cv-03329-CW

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Judge & Courtroom

Chief Judge Claudia Wilken
Oakland Courthouse, Courtroom 2 − 4th Floor

Key Upcoming Dates

Pretrial Conference & Hearing on Motions in Limine May 28, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
Trial briefs dueJune 3, 2014
Bench Trial
Trial will be held five days per week, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
June 9-June 27, 2014, 8:30 a.m.

Court Calendar

Because court calendars sometimes change within days of a scheduled proceeding, be sure to check the court calendar before coming to the courthouse to confirm that the proceeding is going forward.   

Access to the Courthouse

The Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building opens to the public at 7:00 am daily. 

All parties entering the Federal Building must show a government-issued picture ID and undergo security screening. Official identification issued by any U.S. state or by the United States government is acceptable. The only acceptable international identification is a government-issued passport with a current U.S. visa.

Proper decorum is expected of all visitors to the Federal Building.

Media & Public Access to Proceedings and Entry/Exit from the Courtroom

Proceedings in this case are open to the public; members of the public and journalists are welcome to attend. There will be no special credentialing process for members of the media. There will be seats reserved for journalists displaying a valid current press credential or business card for a recognized media organization. 

Entry, re-entry and seating in the courtroom will be managed by the U.S. Marshals Service and Clerk's Office staff. Observers may exit the courtroom at any time. Empty seats will be made available at the breaks to individuals waiting to be seated.

Prohibition on Photography, Recording and Broadcasting

Taking photographs and audio and/or video recording and/or broadcasting of proceedings in federal court by any means violates a nationwide policy promulgated by the Judicial Conference of the United States, subject to limited exceptions not applicable in this case.

Electronic Devices

General Order No. 58 regulates possession and use of electronic devices in the courthouse and can be found on the court’s website: cand.uscourts.gov/generalorders. Court security personnel will screen all electronic devices and cameras before allowing them into the courthouse and may bar any item that appears to pose a threat to security or safety. Subject to this screening, electronic devices may be brought into the courthouse and may be used in a non-disruptive and non-distracting manner. Wireless internet access is available in the courtroom.

As a general rule, media use of laptops or smartphones for notetaking and transmission are allowed only with advance, express permission from the judge. Judge Wilken, however, maintains the following policies for members of the media:

1.      Quiet use of laptops is permitted in the courtroom;

2.      Use of laptops, iPads, smartphones or similar personal devices for electronic transmission of email, including filing of reporter’s stories, is permitted in the courtroom.

Unless a specific area is officially designated by the U.S. Marshals Service for photography inside the building, cameras may not be used in the Federal Building. Photography and interviews are permitted outside the building only.

Inside the courtroom, cell phones, pagers and other devices may not be used except for text functions and must be turned off or set to vibrate mode. Cell phones may be used for voice communication in the hallways outside the courtrooms and other public areas. 

Violation of these rules may result in the immediate loss of press credentials or other action.