American gaming group Scientific Games has been handed a hefty judgment against them of $315 million by a Chicago court, but the company is vowing to fight the case with an appeal.
The company sued betting groups Aces Up, Shuffle Tech, and Poydras-Talrick in 2012 after the trio combined to create an automatic card shuffler for casino clients. SG alleged that the shufflers violated their patents and were seeking a stop in the manufacturing as well as damages. The defendants in that case opted to file an antitrust suit against Scientific in 2015, alleging that the initial lawsuit was frivolous as the patents held were too broad, saying that SG presented "sham patent litigation against any competitor that dared to market competitive card shufflers".
The jury in this case ruled against SG, awarding Shuffle Tech $135 million, Poydras-Talrick $75 million, Aces Up $45 million, and DigiDeal Corp getting $60 million.
For their part, Scientific Games has vowed to appeal, with spokesperson Susan Cartwright saying, "The company believes the jury reached the wrong result and will seek review of both the finding of liability and the damages award both before the trial court and if necessary on appeal."
Casino Listings News will follow the story and will update readers as we learn more.