Fayette Circuit Court Judge Thomas Travis ruled Tuesday that gamblers will be allowed to sue Keeneland and the Red Mile over financial losses sustained via historical horse racing terminals, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Since a Kentucky Supreme Court ruled in September of 2020 that HHR machines were illegal under existing state statutes (since remedied with new legislation in February of 2021), the lawsuit will be seeking to recover gamblers’ losses within the past five years.
Keeneland and Red Mile had filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, but Judge Travis overruled that on Tuesday and ordered the parties to prepare for trial. A pretrial conference is scheduled for July 7.
The lawsuit will also be seeking punitive damages under the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act.
Similar lawsuits have been filed in other counties, according to the report, but this is the first to have been ruled on.
Read more at the Lexington Herald-Leader.
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