Category Archives: Litigation

KY Supreme Court rules in Instant Racing case

In a unanimous opinion, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has the legal authority to regulate wagers on previously run horse races presented on electronic gambling machines, called “instant racing machines” — but that …

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Poulos v. Caesars World: A Battle over Corrupt Business Practices

This article details the court case Poulos v. Caesars World, where Caesars World, a casino corporation, was sued for “a course of fraudulent and misleading acts and omissions intended to induce people to play their video poker and electronic slot …

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Duty of care from the casino side

Though written from a gambling industry bias, Kelly and Igelman (2009) examine some of the intriguing cases involving “duty of care.” Perhaps with the exception of undisclosed out-of-court settlements, casinos and other gambling businesses have largely avoided the setting of …

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Dissenting judge asserts casino “duty of care”

“It seems clear that both the casinos and the State of Indiana share a common interest in gamblers – pathological or otherwise—losing as much money as quickly as possible. One wonders if Indiana’s legislators—and more importantly, their constituents—have any qualms …

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A Look at Lawsuits Against the Predatory Gambling Business

In this 2004 Mercer Law Review article, Professor John Kindt details the extraordinary methods of predatory gambling operators  (and their allies) to hide harmful, and potentially illegal, business practices. Kindt states that “insiders” from the industry need to come forward …

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Exposing the Truth About the Predatory Gambling Business Through the Judicial System

Professor John Kindt suggests that subpoenaing predatory gambling operators could reveal the truth behind the business, since “the historical record indicates that decriminalized organized gambling activities invariably lead to new addicted gamblers, new bankruptcies, and new crime and corruption.” Subpoenaing …

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Tobacco-Style Lawsuits Against the Predatory Gambling Trade

Professor John Kindt explores the idea of states bringing lawsuits against predatory gambling operators, a strategy that worked over time with the tobacco companies. Kindt writes: “Owing to costs created by new addicted gamblers, bankruptcies, and crime once gambling is …

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Piercey Estate v. Atlantic Lotto Corporation

In the 2008 Canadian Supreme Court Case, Piercey Estate v. Atlantic Lotto Corporation, Inc., the plaintiffs argued that video lottery terminals (VLT’s, or video slot machines) are designed to be “inherently deceptive, inherently addictive, and inherently dangerous, when used as …

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Hoffman v. Sandia Resort & Casino, NM

On October 6, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the New Mexico Court of Appeals decision in Hoffman v. Sandia Resort & Casino. The case involves a New Mexico man who reportedly won $1.6 million dollars at one …

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Caesars Riverboat Casino v. Kephart

In October 2010, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled against a woman who said an area casino preyed on her gambling addiction. Jenny Kephart filed a lawsuit against Caesars Indiana in 2007 after the casino sued her to recover $125,000 that she …

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