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Aristocrat and Castle Hill Gaming agree $3m settlement

Aristocrat and Castle Hill Gaming have agreed to pay Video Gaming Technologies (VGT) which is a subsidiary that is part of Aristocrat Technologies, a settlement of $3 million over a lawsuit for trademark infringement.

After 2 years of court proceedings and more than two years of legal battles, it was the US District Court in Tulsa, Oklahoma, dismissed 19 of VGT’s trademark claims that were registered to Castle Hill.

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The suit alleged Castle Hill infringed certain VGT trademarks trade dress, trademarks as well as a trade secrets.

The $3m payout will be paid using money coming from Castle Hill’s policy on insurance.

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As per the additional terms of the settlement, Castle Hill will no longer make use of game names such as New Money, Arctic Cash, Arctic Ice and Welcome to Nugget Mountain as well with any related artwork, characters as well as variations of these games.

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Castle Hill is a private startup that provides gaming software on the land in order to US tribes and tribal operators. The company first introduced its Class II gaming machines into casinos in 2015.

Hector Fernandez, Aristocrat Technologies President, stated: “This settlement again confirms Aristocrat’s and VGT’s commitment to safeguarding our intellectual property, which includes Aristocrat’s portfolio in Class II.

“We will continue to be proactive and aggressive in defending our assets going forward.”

Castle Hill Gaming’s chief executive Arthur Watson, said: “We are delighted by this David over Goliath result. I think the fact that VGT as well as its subsidiary company Aristocrat were looking to take us out of business due to their perception of us as a threat to their business.

“Our games are playing at the same level as their counterparts in a lot of casinos where we play. We have remained afloat, and are now entering new markets, like Historical Horse Racing.”

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