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Elixir wins decision in Shuffle Master lawsuit

Elixir Gaming Technologies, Inc., formerly VendingData Corporation, announced that the District Court of Nevada has granted the company a summary judgment on all patent infringement claims brought in a lawsuit by Shuffle Master, Inc.

Shuffle Master sued the former VendingData over its Poker-1 card shuffler. The district court issued a preliminary injunction preventing VendingData from selling the product, but that injunction was overturned by the U.S. Court of Appeals. Last month’s decision defeats Shuffle Master’s claims of patent infringement.

Shuffle Master quickly announced that it will appeal the summary judgment. “We are disappointed in and respectfully disagree with the court’s ruling and believe that it will be reversed on appeal,” said Mark Yoseloff, the company’s CEO. “Further, we believe that the commercial viability of the Poker-1 is questionable given its failure to sustain any significant viable installations in commercial casinos worldwide since the preliminary injunction was lifted.”

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