Card Shuffler Co. Deals $100M Monopoly Suit To Rival

By Matthew Bultman (April 28, 2015, 7:48 PM EDT) -- A maker of playing card shufflers filed a $100 million lawsuit against Scientific Games Corp. on Tuesday, alleging its subsidiary illegally monopolized the market for shuffling machines used in casinos by filing sham patent lawsuits against rival manufacturers.

The complaint, filed in Illinois federal court by Shuffle Tech International LLC, claims SHFL Entertainment for more than a decade has asserted a family of fraudulently obtained patents against potential competitors looking to sell to U.S. casinos.

The Chicago-based Shuffle Tech said the cost of fighting the litigation has led some businesses to stop selling shufflers and left others ripe for an acquisition,...

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