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.
Individuals who played Big Fish Casino, Jackpot Magic Slots or Epic Diamond Slots on or before Aug. 31, 2020.
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
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
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
Big Fish Games Settlement
c/o Settlement Administrator
1650 Arch Street, Suite 2210
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Alexander G. Tievsky
COVINGTON & BURLING LLP
ORRICK, HERRINGTON & SUTCLIFFE LLP
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