The Third Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion in the Steele v. GTECH Corporation case today. The Court ruled that GTECH is not immune from suit for common law fraud.
The Court did not have jurisdiction to rule on the merits of the case. In other words, a jury will still need to hear the evidence at trial and make a decision as to whether GTECH fraudulently misrepresented what was required to win a prize in the Fun 5’s scratch-off game.
Attorneys for the lottery players are still analyzing the 61 page opinion. A more detailed explanation of the opinion and a copy of the opinion can be read by clicking >>here<<.
An explanation and the next steps to be taken will also be forwarded to the clients of the Lanier, Sternberg, and LaGarde law firms in the coming days by e-mail or by mail. Please be patient.
Do not celebrate or spend money you do not have just yet. It is likely that GTECH will ask the Texas Supreme Court to review the Third Circuit’s opinion in light of the fact that it reached an opposite conclusion from the Dallas Court of Appeals’ opinion in the Nettles v GTECH case. That means there will be an additional delay. We know that everyone is anxious to get to trial. So are we. However, we just need to patient as this case works its way through the legal system. This is a major victory for the Fun 5’s players but it is just one step in our long fight for justice.