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Big Fish Casino has agreed to resolve two class action lawsuits against it with a $155 million settlement deal. The settlement will provide cash payments of varying sizes depending on the amount spent on in-app purchases.

The settlement benefits individuals who played Big Fish Casino, Jackpot Magic Slots or Epic Diamond Slots on or before Aug. 31, 2020.

Plaintiffs in the Big Fish Casino class action lawsuits claimed the online game platform counts as illegal gambling due to the nature of the games. Through in-app purchases, users allegedly wager real money on these games.

According to the plaintiffs, these games therefore violate Washington gambling laws.

“Defendants’ online gambling games are illegal gambling games because they are online games at which players wager things of value (the chips) and by an element of chance (e.g., by spinning an online slot machine) are able to obtain additional entertainment and extend gameplay (by winning additional chips),” the Big Fish Casino class action lawsuit argued.


One plaintiff, Manasa Thimmegowda, said she started playing Big Fish Casino games in November 2017. Since then, she allegedly has lost more than $3,000 through in-app purchases.

Thimmegowda’s experience is allegedly not unique.

She argued that Big Fish Casino has taken advantage of thousands of consumers through the same illegal gambling scheme. In fact, in 2017, free-to-play “gambling” games allegedly generated more than $3.8 billion in profits for the operator.

The plaintiff said these profits are mostly gained through in-app purchases.

“By operating Big Fish Casino and other similar online gambling games, Defendants have violated Washington law and illegally profited from tens of thousands of consumers,” Thimmegowda argued in her Big Fish Casino class action lawsuit.


Big Fish Casino has not admitted any wrongdoing but has agreed to resolve the claims against them in a $155 million settlement. The deal ensures plaintiffs and Class Members can recover compensation while also avoiding the costs and risks of a trial for all involved parties.

The settlement deal provides cash payments depending on the amount spent on Big Fish Casino games. Settlements may vary from $7.50 to $100,000, depending on how much each Class Member spent and the number of claims filed with the settlement administrator.

The settlement website features an estimated recovery tool to give Class Members an idea of how much they may receive.

In order to benefit from the Big Fish Casino class action settlement, Class Members must file a valid claim from by Jan. 4, 2021. No proof of purchase is required to benefit from the settlement, but Class Members may be asked to provide information about their Big Fish Casino account (friend codes, email addresses, etc.).

The deadline for exclusion and objection is Jan. 4, 2021. The final approval hearing for the Big Fish Casino settlement is scheduled for Feb. 11, 2021.


Who’s Eligible

Individuals who played Big Fish Casino, Jackpot Magic Slots or Epic Diamond Slots on or before Aug. 31, 2020.

Potential Award

Cash payments depending on the amount spent on Big Fish Casino games.

Settlements may vary from $7.50 to $100,000, depending on how much each Class Member spent and the number of claims filed with the settlement administrator. The settlement website features an estimated recovery tool to give Class Members an idea of how much they may receive.

Proof of Purchase

N/A

Claim Form

NOTE: If you do not qualify for this settlement do NOT file a claim.

Remember: you are submitting your claim under penalty of perjury. You are also harming other eligible Class Members by submitting a fraudulent claim. If you’re unsure if you qualify, please read the FAQ section of the Settlement Administrator’s website to ensure you meet all standards (Top Class Actions is not a Settlement Administrator). If you don’t qualify for this settlement, check out our database of other open class action settlements you may be eligible for.

Claim Form Deadline

1/4/2021

Case Name

Cheryl Kater, et al. v. Churchill Downs Inc., et al., Case No. 2:15-cv-00612; and Manasa Thimmegowda, et al. v. Big Fish Games, et al., Case No. 2:19-cv-00199, both in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

Final Hearing

2/11/2021

Settlement Website
Claims Administrator

Big Fish Games Settlement
c/o Settlement Administrator
1650 Arch Street, Suite 2210
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Info@BigFishGamesSettlement.com
1-833-942-2822

Class Counsel

Jay Edelson
Rafey Balabanian
Todd Logan
Alexander G. Tievsky
Brandt Silver-Korn
EDELSON PC

Defense Counsel

COVINGTON & BURLING LLP

ORRICK, HERRINGTON & SUTCLIFFE LLP

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123 Comments

  • Salty Fish January 13, 2021

    Bummer that cards were not even recieved until after the deadline. Seems super suspect.
    Mail has been a major issue in our area and not to mention the holidays.

    They should extend it for folks who actually played and paid. Not people who feel they would get real winnings. You can not be that damn dumb, you knew you would not get real money.

  • Fancy January 10, 2021

    Its my money and i need it now

  • Dennis Leonin January 8, 2021

    Hi Tarrel , I filled my claimed already last Nov.2020..
    My concerned is I was now here at the Philippines. And it’s very imposible now to get back there because of the pandemic.
    So how can I get my cheque or my claims.
    After February 11?

  • Tarrel Weaver January 4, 2021

    I’m interested in knowing if you have signed that agreement not to sue then can you get into this lawsuit? I made a point not to sign on any of my devices and stopped playing once the pop up was valid. I just made my claim and spent over 50,000k on the app. I sure pray to get some back. Some days it was 1,000 dollars a day playing and losing it all while others that never put in a dime won like crazy. It seemed like the more you bought the less you won.

    • Top Class Actions January 4, 2021

      Hi Tarrel,
      We recommend going to the settlement website and reading the FAQs in detail: https://www.bigfishgamessettlement.com/. You can contact the settlement administrator with any questions. Claim deadline is today, January 4, 2021!

    • CHRISTINE DOUGLAS January 13, 2021

      I was told it did not matter if you sign that bs they got pop up. I had to go sign in after not playing for years to get my ID to file my claim I’m sure I spent 20k if not more

  • Teresa Schmitt January 3, 2021

    Will we have to pay taxes on the money we received? It’s our own money that we are getting back, so I think we should only have to pay taxes on any interest we nave have accrued.

    • Top Class Actions January 4, 2021

      Hi Teresa,
      You can contact the settlement administrator with your questions: https://www.bigfishgamessettlement.com/contact-us.php. While you make a valid point, most class action settlement payments are taxable. Usually settlement admins take action on this if payments are $600 or higher. By taking action, we mean they collect tax information from claimants prior to releasing checks.

  • Benjamin Johnson January 2, 2021

    Please add me

    • Top Class Actions January 4, 2021

      Hi Benjamin,
      You need to go to the settlement website and submit your claim: https://www.bigfishgamessettlement.com/. The deadline is today, January 4th, 2021!

    • Walter Montgomery January 18, 2021

      Add me

  • LISA HAWKINS December 30, 2020

    Please add me

    • Top Class Actions January 4, 2021

      Hi Lisa,
      You need to go to the settlement website and submit your claim: https://www.bigfishgamessettlement.com/. The deadline is today, January 4th, 2021!

    • Salty Fish January 13, 2021

      Sadly folks did not get the card BEFORE the 4th. Seems a bit unfair for folks who had NO Idea and who spent well over 50k in this game. SOOOO unfair.

      • CHRISTINE DOUGLAS January 13, 2021

        I got several emails on top of mail.

      • Clarissa January 17, 2021

        A lot of people got emails and mails me personally I received both and I filed a claim last year

  • CATHY SANDERS December 29, 2020

    I use to play all my free time I finally deleted the app because I was spending alot of money a whole lot, so please add me

  • Tonya Bradby December 28, 2020

    Unable to get friend code since they have a new pop up preventing you from entering the site without agreeing to no arbitration or lawsuits against them

    • Top Class Actions December 28, 2020

      This particular settlement is about in app purchases. We will let our viewers know if we learn of any other class actions filed!

    • Dutchess January 4, 2021

      this is true It will not let you play if you agree.

  • Alaine Rose Johnson December 27, 2020

    I spent over 7,000.00 $ on this online casino along with many others and never was able to collect my winnings . It is a scam . Please need me to this settlement.

  • Bryan Boothe December 21, 2020

    Add me

  • Diana W Renner December 18, 2020

    Can never win.

  • Benjamin Johnson December 17, 2020

    Add Me

    • Heather Hoffman December 18, 2020

      I despise games like these, to get ahead you always have to purchase!

    • Top Class Actions December 18, 2020

      You can go to the settlement website and submit your claim: https://www.bigfishgamessettlement.com/

  • De December 11, 2020

    A suit should be done on DoubleDown Casino. They make promises if you buy chips that they don’t keep. Always pushing sales. It’s crazy

    • Top Class Actions December 11, 2020

      We will let our viewers know if we learn of any new class actions filed. Sign up here for weekly lawsuit and settlement updates: https://topclassactions.com/mailing-list/

    • CANDACE CAYER December 31, 2020

      I agree Double Down should be added in California as well. Also, Lotsa Slots.

      • CANDACE CAYER December 31, 2020

        Oh and Lightening Link.

  • Bonnie H December 10, 2020

    Me too
    :-)

  • Jeannette Martinez December 10, 2020

    Please add me

  • Doncella Jenkins December 10, 2020

    Please add me

  • Shirley word December 10, 2020

    Add me

  • jolanda December 9, 2020

    hello im from the netherlands. i reiceved a email from settlement administrotor with class member and notice number and confirmation code. but here you say that its only for people from america?

    I did not get respond on email correctley . my question is is it only for people from america?
    if so then i can not claim?

    • Top Class Actions December 11, 2020

      We recommend continuing to try and get a response from the settlement administrator: https://www.bigfishgamessettlement.com/contact-us.php. You can also try contacting class counsel with your questions. Counsel is listed in this article and on the settlement website in the FAQs and can be Googled for contact information.

  • a December 8, 2020

    How about jackpot party..

    • A D December 8, 2020

      Jackpot party is another one. I know I would be playing the same game and the same exact line win pays different from day to day.. It is rigged so you buy more chips.

    • Top Class Actions December 8, 2020

      We will let our viewers know if we learn of any class action lawsuits filed!

  • Jennifer Norton December 5, 2020

    I have joined this one. One that should also be added to another class action is Lotsa Slots.

    • Top Class Actions December 8, 2020

      We’re glad you got your claim submitted! We will let our viewers know if we learn of any other class actions filed!

  • Amanda December 4, 2020

    I am in Australia, am I eligible to join class action?

  • Cindy Miller December 3, 2020

    Please add me.

  • Tammy December 3, 2020

    Please add me !!

  • Christine Niehsen December 2, 2020

    How soon could we expect to receive a check? I lost thousands of dollars to big Fish casino.!!

    • Top Class Actions December 4, 2020

      Hi Christine,
      The settlement must be granted final approval before claims are paid. The final approval hearing is currently scheduled for 2/11/21. We will keep our viewers updated!

  • Latasha Waller December 1, 2020

    Add me please

  • Willie Stokes November 26, 2020

    Please add me

  • Shellie lords November 25, 2020

    I use cash frenzy. Same type of app. Can you look at doing a lawsuit against them?

    • Top Class Actions December 1, 2020

      Hi Shellie,
      We will let our viewers know if we learn of any class action lawsuits filed!

  • Chandra Ballard November 25, 2020

    Big Fish casino has a form that comes up saying if you click submit you agree to opt out of lawsuits so I am unable to get the required friend code because you cant go further without submitting.

  • Laura November 24, 2020

    @Tiffany, too much trouble to read through that entire post. Poor dears are exhausted from playing casino games all night. /s

  • Tracy E OBanner November 21, 2020

    I can’t find the code. I lost money too.

  • ANITA GOODWIN November 20, 2020

    Please add me

  • Lorraine Murphy November 20, 2020

    Please add me

  • doncella November 19, 2020

    Please add me

  • Sheryl November 19, 2020

    Please add me I have list lots of money in big fish what a scam

  • Daniel Fish November 19, 2020

    Playtika has a settlement.

  • Polly lever November 19, 2020

    Add me please

  • Tammy Nash November 18, 2020

    Add me please

  • Top Class Actions November 18, 2020

    Hi Kevin,
    You must go to the settlement website and submit your claim: https://www.bigfishgamessettlement.com/

  • Patricia G Holley November 18, 2020

    Please add me.

  • LT COLE November 18, 2020

    I play daily basis

  • James Baldwin November 18, 2020

    My names is James Baldwin (lookin) on the game my claim has already been summited as I’m another multiple thousands tied to the game

  • Jeffrey Cole November 13, 2020

    Add me

  • Karen Wilson November 11, 2020

    Add me

  • Nickole Nesby November 11, 2020

    add me

  • Cindy Burch November 11, 2020

    Please add me. I lost hundreds.

  • Steven Coles November 11, 2020

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