William Hill US has settled its copyright infringement lawsuit against FanDuel after the competing sportsbook operator distributed a near-identical “how to bet” guide at the Meadowlands Park Racetrack.
It has been reported that the money received as part of the settlement will be used to fund the development of creative writing programs at universities across New Jersey, as well as initiatives that tackle problem gambling.
The civil lawsuit, which has been settled for an undisclosed fee, alleged that the FanDuel guide contained diagrams illustrating betting and odds possibilities which appear to be identical to the images in the Hill’s guide.
Alongside the identical diagrams,one of the key passages in the guide featured the wording: “Alternate & reverse run lines are propositional wagers offered by William Hill on each baseball game,” suggesting that passages had simply been copied and pasted from the William Hill guide. William Hill’s customer service contact details were also found to feature in the guide.
Entire blocks of text contained in the William Hill guide feature verbatim within the FanDuel version. The fundamental difference between the two was the typeface used.
William Hill filed the case to the US District Court in New Jersey back in October. The settlement was made public on Monday, but was supposedly reached over a week ago.