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Nixon Vanderhye Trial Team Obtains $315 Million Verdict

Nixon Vanderhye shareholders Joe Presta and Bob Rowan lead a team that resulted in a $105 million verdict in favor of Nixon Vanderhye client Shuffle Tech International, LLC and two other plaintiffs in a Walker Process fraud/sham litigation antitrust case against Scientific Games Corporation and two of its subsidiaries. Judge Matthew Kennelly tripled the jury’s verdict to $315 million and awarded attorney fees.

The verdict marked the end of 12-day trial in which Presta and Rowan proved that Scientific Games had obtained their monopoly of the casino automatic card shuffling market through fraud on the U.S. Patent Office and that they used their fraudulently obtained patents to force Shuffle Tech and its partners out of that market. Mike Gaffney, Jonathon Reavill, Sheri Gordon, and paralegal Lisa Thompson were also part of the trial team that resulted in one of the largest Walker-Process/sham patent litigation awards to date.