Lawsuit Filed Against New York Lottery And Scientific Games
In America, Gameologist Group has filed a lawsuit with the New Jersey Federal District Court against the New York Lottery along with Scientific Games Incorporated for alleged trademark infringement.
Gameologist is based in the eastern state of New Jersey and its lawsuit concerns the Bada Bing scratch card game, which was manufactured by Scientific Games before being released by the New York Lottery in December of 2007. Gameologist claims that this game was virtually an exact replica of its own lottery scratch card game called Bling Bling, which was registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in 2003.
Gameologist stated that it met with representatives of Scientific Games in 2003 and had correspondence with the New York Lottery in 2004 concerning Bling Bling but that both claimed at the time that the game was ‘too ethnic’ and ‘did not meet Lottery salability standards’.
'This small company is due millions of dollars in damages under the Lanham Act,” said Craig Stuart Lanza, a lawyer representing Gameologist through New York's Balestriere Lanza law firm.
“This case is about two large companies stealing a small business' protected property believing, wrongly, that Gameologist would not have the means to sue.
“We look forward to pushing this case to trial to obtain justice for Gameologist and to give large companies pause before they try stealing intellectual property developed by small, hard-working companies simply trying to pursue the American dream.'
Gameologist revealed that the New York Lottery has made as much as $24 million in profits from Bada Bing after selling around 16 million tickets at ten dollars each and it is asking the Court to impose $24 million in compensation alongside treble damages. The New York Lottery retains 15 percent of its takings for administrative expenses and reported revenues in excess of seven billion dollars last year.