DraftKings Gets Change of Court Venue in Massachusetts

DraftKings has succeeded in getting a change from Superior Court to Business Litigation Court as it fights a class-action lawsuit. The company is accused of deceptive practices.

DraftKings Gets Change of Court Venue in Massachusetts

Melissa Scanlon and Shane Harris signed up for DraftKings with what they believed was a $1,000 bonus promotion. They found out there was more to it. They accused DraftKings of not disclosing the terms and conditions of the promotion.

They became part of a class-action lawsuit filed against DraftKings. The nonprofit Public Health Advocacy Institute filed the action in December.

Originally assigned to Middlesex County Superior Court, DraftKings requested a transfer to the Business Litigation Session (BLS) of the Superior Court. The BLS expedites the resolution of complex business and commercial disputes.

DraftKings said such a transfer was valid for a class-action claiming unjust business methods. As a result, the suit would need “close case management” from the BLS. But the plaintiffs argued against the move, that Middlesex Superior Court is qualified.

The advertisement associated with the bonus at the heart of the lawsuit required a 20 percent deposit match. The math worked out to a deposit of $5,000 to receive the entire $1,000 in credits. The promo also required players to bet $25,000 before they could take out any bonus money.