No Dice for Bodog

November 1, 2008

Because they are one of the largest companies and best known names in the world of online gambling, you might think that Bodog is immune to be negatively impacted by any legal proceedings. Unfortunately for Bodog, while they may have thought the same thing, a recent judgment against the company shows that they are just as susceptible to the law as anyone else.

In a recently ruling, Bodog was ordered to pay fifty million dollars to a company named 1st Technology LLC. The ruling was handed out in the District Court of Nevada, and given the fact that this was the ruling for the appeal that was filed by Bodog, it looks like Bodog is going to end up having to pay that hefty sum.

So, how did Bodog end up in a position where they were told to pay another company fifty million dollars? Well, this case began over a year ago in June of 2007. 1st Technology brought the suit against Bodog and claimed that Bodog was currently infringing on one of their patents. The claim was a result of the way that Bodog was distributing the software for their online gaming properties. I’m not sure if Bodog didn’t take this claim seriously or not, but they failed to show up in court for the original hearing. As a result, an automatic judgment was awarded against them. In addition to being told to pay $46.5 million dollars, both Bodog.com and Bodog.net were confiscated from Bodog. As you probably noticed, this is why Bodog launched themselves as the new brand of BodogLife.

In response to this ruling, Bodog filed their appeal with the District Court of Nevada. They claimed that they were not given legal notice, and also were not active enough in the US to infringe on the 1st Technology patent. However, as you know from the ruling, the District Court of Nevada did not agree with this appeal, and Bodog has now racked up an additional $3.5 million in fines and interest. 1st Technology has stated that they now have the “certainty we need to accelerate our seizure of any and all global assets to satisfy the judgment.”

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