Poker Shuffler Maker Hit With $315M Verdict For Illegally Dominating Market –

A federal jury in Illinois issued a verdict Tuesday against Las Vegas’ Scientific Games Corp. after the court heard that the firm illegally tried to stifle competition in the gaming sector.

A $315 million verdict in the antitrust case was returned in favor of a group of firms led by Chicago-based Shuffle Tech International. They said that Scientific Games engaged in a “pattern of sham litigation” in order to protect its market share.

Scientific asserted “objectively baseless claims to enforce patents known to be invalid and/or not infringed, all with the intent to directly interfere with and adversely affect the business operations of competitors, and to unlawfully obtain and maintain monopolistic control over the U.S. market for automatic card shufflers designed for casino use,” according to the 2015 complaint.

Scientific “fraudulently procured” patents for its card shufflers, per the lawsuit.

In a statement, Scientific said that it will challenge the $315 million verdict.

“In October 2015, the district court dismissed all of the plaintiffs’ claims with prejudice, except for the claims of violation of antitrust laws related to the fraudulent procurement of patents on card shufflers. A jury trial began on July 16, 2018 and ended on August 7, 2018. On August 7, 2018, the jury returned a verdict for the plaintiffs. The jury awarded plaintiffs $105 million in compensatory damages, which is subject to trebling, as well as attorneys fees and costs. 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.”

SHFL Entertainment (formerly known as Shuffle Master), which became part of Scientific Games in 2014, controls “100%” of the “relevant U.S market” for the devices, the suit said. As of just a handful

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