Hannelore Boorn of Lexington, Kentucky has filed a class-action lawsuit against several virtual slot machine companies based on thousands of dollars in losses. In the filing, Boorn says that the companies are violating state laws by letting her gamble with the games.
The lawsuit was filed in September in Fayette Circuit Court against Scientific Games Corp. Two additional companies that operate under the brand were also named. This month, the case was sent to the federal court system.
Details of the Lawsuit
In court documents, it states that Boorn started playing virtual casino games in 2015. She played Quick Hits and then purchased thousands of dollars in virtual currency. The funds were gambled away. The Quick Hits game is similar to a virtual slot machine and offers players free coins initially. Once the coins are used up, players can buy more at a discount.
Players can also win virtual currency coins and use the coins to play more casino-style games. The lawsuit states that the free sample coins give the player a taste of casino gaming and then encourage them to buy more chips with real money.
Boorn says that games provided by Scientific Games are gambling because players must consider purchasing and wagering coins, then spin the slot game, and have a chance to win more coins, plus purchase more coins for additional gaming.
The lawsuit says that the gaming companies are in violation of KRS 372.010 of Kentucky law. This law voids any type of gambling transaction. The filing claims the company illegally profited from tens of thousands of consumers.
Unjust Enrichment from Unlawful Operations
The lawsuit states that the companies involved took part in unjust enrichment by unlawfully operating illegal online gambling games. The filing says that the companies have gained millions in profits from the games of chance and should not be allowed to retain what they earned.
The plaintiff wants to receive full restitution for her losses and disgorgement with interest. She wants to be paid for their conduct and have any attorney fees and court costs covered. The defendants in this case have yet to reply in court on the matter.
Scientific Games and its subsidiaries named in the case have until November 8 to file a reply in court. As the deadline draws near, we expect to see a retort in the coming weeks. Undoubtedly, the company will fight the claim to try and ensure its reputation as a top-rated gaming provider.