Wash. Bills Aim To Stop Social Casino Illegal Gambling Suits

Law360 (January 27, 2020, 9:47 PM EST) -- Washington state lawmakers will consider pair of bills to stop users who lost money on social "free-to-play" casinos from seeking to recover their losses alleging the games are illegal gambling, a change that could complicate a pair of federal class actions against the makers of Big Fish Casino.

The bills, H.B. 2720 and S.B. 6568, seek to clarify that free-to-play online and mobile casino-style games where users wager chips or tokens that do not have value outside of the games, which are often referred to as social or virtual casinos, are not covered by the state's illegal gambling loss recovery statute....

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