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Free Social Casinos Come under Fire in Anti-Gambling Suits


The Ninth Circuit’s recent finding that chips or tokens used in free online casino games have value has spawned a series of consumer suits alleging the games run afoul of Washington state anti-gambling laws, raising questions about the legality of the popular mobile games in states with similar laws.


“Most in the industry are cautiously waiting to see whether, when that fact is considered, the Big Fish decision will be limited,” said business litigation and gambling industry attorney Dennis M.P. Ehling of Blank Rome LLP. “I do think, though, that many companies are pulling out, or at least considering pulling out, of Washington state until the issue is decided.”

"Free Social Casinos Come under Fire in Anti-Gambling Suits," by Zachary Zagger was published in Law360 on April 26, 2019.