International edition
September 25, 2020

This lawsuit was originally filed in December 2004

IGT obtains summary judgment dismissing Bally antitrust claims

(US).- IGT announced that all the antitrust counterclaims and unfair competition claims brought against it by Bally in federal court in Nevada have been dismissed. United States District Court Judge Robert C. Jones of the District of Nevada granted summary judgment in favor of IGT on all antitrust and Lanham Act counterclaims brought by Bally.

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e also disposed of the remaining patent claims by ruling that IGT US Patent Number 6,722,985 is invalid and dismissed Bally's counterclaim to invalidate IGT US Patent Number 5,722,891 for lack of jurisdiction.

This lawsuit was originally filed in December 2004, and involved claims that Bally Technologies Corporation (formerly Alliance Gaming Corporation), Bally Gaming International and Bally Gaming infringed six IGT patents. Most of the patent claims had been previously dismissed. Bally had alleged that by asserting these patents IGT was attempting to monopolize the market. These antitrust claims were dismissed in the order issued on November 29, 2010.

"We are quite pleased by this ruling," said Robert C. Melendres, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary at IGT. "IGT competes fairly and has always believed that these allegations were completely unfounded."

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