The US branch of bookmaker William Hill has settled a lawsuit with FanDuel following the distribution of a ‘how to bet’ guide that William Hill claimed infringed its copyright.
The civil suit, which has now been resolved for a fee that has not been disclosed, claimed that the FanDuel betting guide distributed at the Meadowlands Park Racetrack contained diagrams, tables and descriptions that were identical to William Hill’s guide.
Complete sections of text from the William Hill guide featured in their entirety in the FanDuel version, and at one point the guide also mentioned William Hill by name, along with the customer service details for the UK company. The main difference between the two guides appeared to be in the typeface used by FanDuel.
The suit was originally filed by William Hill in the US District Court of New Jersey in October 2017, and according to reports in the US media, the deal to settle the suit was reached more than a week ago, but was not made public until this week.
It has also been reported that the undisclosed sum of money involved in the settlement will be set aside to help fund the development of a number of creative writing courses at New Jersey universities, along with programs to tackle problem gambling.
Andie Hughes is a UK-based freelance betting and gambling writer with over a decade of experience in the industry, having written for Betfair, ESPN, Boylesports, Sporting Life and various other popular betting sites. Contact Andie at firstname.lastname@example.org.