Scientific Games settles Shuffle Tech patent case

Scientific Games settles Shuffle Tech patent case

Friday, December 14, 2018 Posted by News Team
Scientific Games
Supplier to pay $151.5m to settle long-running dispute

Scientific Games has reached a settlement in a long-running patent dispute case related to automatic card shuffling machines. 

The agreement with Shuffle Tech International, Aces Up Gaming and Poydras-Talrick sees the gambling solutions giant pay out $151.5m to end a dispute that first began in 2012. 

The final settlement of $151.5m represents 45% of the original $335m an Illinois court ordered Scientific Games to pay, after it was ruled to have filed a frivolous patent lawsuit against the three companies. 

This related to the development of an automatic shuffling machine, which Scientific Games claimed infringed on its patented technology, filing a suit in 2012. In 2015 the trio responded with an antitrust suit, claiming that Scientific Games had filed vague and overly-broad patents designed to allow it control the card shuffling machine market. 

The court ruled in the plaintiffs’ favour, awarding them compensatory damages of $105m, which were trebled to $315m as a result of it being an antitrust case. Coupled with legal fees, the operator would have been required to pay out $335m in total.

Scientific Games, which had vehemently disputed the court’s ruling, has not admitted any liability in coming to the settlement.

"While we firmly believe that the jury decision was wrong, we are pleased with the outcome of the settlement and that this matter will be resolved for good," the supplier’s chief legal officer and executive vice president James Sottile said.

The settlement is conditional upon the trial court entering an order vacating the judgement entered following the jury’s verdict, with Scientific Games expecting this to take place. 

As a result all litigation relating to the matter, including all pending motions and filings, will be dropped.

 
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