|The Las Vegas Sun reports that the lawsuit against over 60 casinos, slot machine manufacturers, and cruise lines for alleged misrepresentation of the odds on slot machines has been denied the status of “class action” in court. |
U.S. District Court Judge Roger Hunt made his ruling after he found that the evidence presented by the plaintiffs was not cohesive enough to qualify as a precedent upon which to settle common claims against the industry. Therefore the class action status, which would make the court’s decision law, was denied.
The industry is reportedly relieved as any class action suit against them would be a billion-dollar threat. Judge Hunt wrote in his decision: Like the decision to buy a music CD, the decision to
play an electronic slot or video poker machines is a complex matter. The suit was filed in 1994 on behalf of three slots gambler in Nevada
-- Brenda McElmore, Larry Schreier, and William Poulos. Mr. Poulos filed the original complaint in a U.S. District Court in Florida, illeging racketeering and organized crime on the part of the defendants. Legal outcomes for the large number of potential plaintiffs would only have come about through a class action decision. Part of the argument for the defendants was that, despite their concern with the real odds against them, the plaintiffs continued to gamble on video poker and electronic slot machines.