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William Hill Drops Suit Against FanDuel Regarding Betting Guide

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Bookmaker William Hill has dropped its lawsuit that alleged FanDuel blatantly plagiarized its “how to bet” guide.

In a federal court filing, William Hill U.S. dismissed its suit against FanDuel voluntarily.

A portion of the money William Hill received as part of the settlement will be used to fund creative writing classes, according to The Associated Press. Some of the money also will aid programs to help problem gamblers.

Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill, would not say how much money his company received, nor did the company respond to a request for comment.

The settlement was made public earlier this week but was reached earlier in the month, Asher told the AP.

The original suit was filed in October. In that filing the lawsuit stated:  “On information and belief, FanDuel, without the consent of William Hill, printed and publicly distributed the Infringing Pamphlet. A simple side-by-side comparison of the William Hill Copyrighted Work against the Infringing Pamphlet clearly demonstrates how egregious FanDuel has been in its unauthorized copying of the William Hill Copyrighted Work.”

The FanDuel betting pamphlet was distributed at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J. approximately a month after William Hill published its instructional guide for its fledgling sports betting operation at Monmouth Park Racetrack, according to the suit.

The complaint also claimed FanDuel’s guide featured verbatim graphics of possible odds scenarios and the same hypothetical examples of games being played between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Chicago Cubs, and Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles.

And, in perhaps the most shocking and laughable example of copy and paste, the words “William Hill” actually appeared in the FanDuel guide.

“FanDuel’s unauthorized copying is perhaps most evident in the fact that FanDuel actually forgot to remove William Hill’s name when printing the Infringing Pamphlet,” according to the suit.

The earnest defense of the William Hill’s brand highlights the importance of the burgeoning sports betting industry is in the U.S. which only legally branched outside Nevada in May after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

In other sports betting news:

  • Sports betting is on the table in Tennessee in a proposal that would let voters legalize sports betting to assist in funding local schools and infrastructure. The legislation, sponsored by Knoxville’s Rep. Rick Staples and Sen. Raumesh Akbari of Memphis, would place a 10 percent tax on wagers, if it is approved in those cities. Thirty percent of that revenue would go to the local government for education and another 30 percent to technology and community colleges. Tennessee’s general fund also would see some of that money, according to the proposal. A vote on this has yet to be set.
  • New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement saying people bet $1.2 billion in the state’s sportsbooks in 2018, more than $780 through online and mobile apps with $501 million of that bet on football. A little more than $466 million was bet at on-site sportsbooks since the state went live with legal betting in June. It was New Jersey’s lawsuit concerning sports betting which prompted the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that opened the doors for states to allow legal wagering.