Judge Approves IGT-DoubleDown $415 Settlement

After years of legal wrangling, a US judge on Thursday approved a $415 million class action lawsuit against DoubleDown Interactive LLC and International Game Technology PLC (IGT.N). The settlement will clarify allegations that the social casino and online gambling company violated Consumer Protection Regulations and the Washington State Gambling Act, where Personal online gambling is a criminal offense.

US District Judge Robert Lasnik of the federal court in Seattle called the judgment “fair, reasonable and reasonable”in his judgment, this was the final permitting order and ended nearly half a decade of litigation.

Conclusion of almost half a decade of litigation

The case happened around 2018 a year after that was discovered Big fish games by Aristocrat Liesureanother social gaming site with chip purchases, but also a black market trading room for “worthless chips”, offered illegal casino gambling in Washington state by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Hangover V Churchill Downs – The panel met, to hear an appeal related to the Seattle courts’ decision that the games were not illegal, according to the state.

In the most recent case, online consumers claimed that the games of “social casinoThe games of chance developed by the defendants “constitute illegal gambling under the gaming laws of Washington.” The settlement was the latest in a series of related cases.

The specific arm of global gaming giant IGTInternational Game Technology PLC, is headquartered in the United Kingdom and Double He has denied any responsibility. They argued that the plaintiffs’ allegations “are based on novel and unverified interpretations of Washington’s gambling laws.”

The games Start playing for free with a certain number of free chips, but these must be awarded to the players Buy additional tokens or wait a period of time for additional tokens to be awarded.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of tens of thousands of students Plaintiffs’ attorneys allege that they “bought and lost chips” playing at DoubleDown Casino. The attorneys argued that under a Washington state law, users were entitled to recover their losses.

Approximately half of the group members opposed the settlement, but there were no formal objections to the settlement and no clear indication that these former group members intended to bring individual lawsuits against the companies.

Lawyers have recovered over $600 million for plaintiffs

The lawyer of EdelsonTodd Logan said Friday on behalf of plaintiffs that the company’s social casino litigation has raised or recovered more than $650 million to date for clients and class members.

Many students can receive hundreds of thousands of dollars individually.”Said Logan.

Edelson, based in Chicago, received more than 120 million US dollars If.

Judge Lasnik’s fee notice was almost 30% of the total pricebeating states and the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit with a maximum fee of 25% for such cases.

Lasnik said the lawsuit was “risky, innovative and achieved with a lot of effort”in its decision, which is why it agreed to a fee request that exceeded the 25% reference limit.

The case is Benson et al. DoubleDown Interactive LLC et al. U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, No. 2:18-cv-00525-RSL.

Spring: US Court Approves $415M Social Casino Class Settlement Reuters June 2, 2023

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