Slot Maker Must Face Rival's Antitrust Suit Over 'Sham' Patent

Law360 (September 28, 2020, 4:14 PM EDT) -- Slot machine maker Everi Holdings Inc. can't escape allegations that it violated antitrust law by launching "sham" patent litigation against a rival to secure monopoly power in the casino payment kiosk market, a Delaware federal judge has ruled.

In an order issued Friday, U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika denied Las Vegas-based Everi's request to toss a lawsuit brought last year by Canadian competitor NRT Technology Corp. over a patent covering ATM-like devices for casino customers.

The judge said that NRT "alleges facts making it plausible" that Everi fraudulently acquired a patent for casino payment technology that it later asserted against NRT...

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