Gaming software developers Scientific Games (SG) have reached a settlement with a group of plaintiffs, including Shuffle Tech International, in a $335 million antitrust lawsuit.  

The company was required to pay that sum by a decision made in August this year, but under the terms of the settlement, Scientific Games will pay $151.5m, which is 45 per cent of the original fine, along with attorney’s fees and costs. 

The initial case revolved around claims that SG had started a frivolous patent litigation with the aim of dominating the market for automatic card-shufflers at land based casinos, and a jury at the trial in Chicago agreed with the claim. Under the initial settlement ruling, the jury awarded $45m to Shuffle Tech, $25m to Poydras, $20m to DigiDeal and $15m to Aces Up, and the judge subsequently tripled these amounts under antitrust law.  

Commenting on the new settlement offer, the company released a statement saying that the offer was conditional on the trial court removing the judgement that was added to the original jury verdict. The statement also repeated that Scientific Games accepted no liability. 

The settlement news comes shortly after the company’s former CEO Gavin Isaacs ended his four-and-a-half year tenure with Scientific Games with the organisation, resigning as vice-chair. Isaacs originally joined the company after a $5bn merger with Bally Technologies, where he worked as chief operating officer.  

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Published by Andie Hughes

Based in England, Andie Hughes is a freelance betting writer with over a decade of experience in the industry. Andie has written for ESPN, Betfair, Sporting Life, and Boylesports, and can be contacted at andiehughes73@gmail.com.

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