William Hill US is suing rival operator FanDuel for allegedly copying its guide on “how to bet.”
William Hill US filed a copyright of infringement notice in a New Jersey District Court, claiming the replication of the guide was so obvious that it used similar examples of potential betting situations.
Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US, said his organisation is not made up of litigious people, but this incident was “ridiculous.”
William Hill US created its guide in June when it first offered sports betting at Monmouth Park Racetrack. The lawsuit claims FanDuel’s version of the guide was distributed at Meadowlands Racetrack a month later in July.
In line with company policy, FanDuel declined to comment.
The lawsuit alleges FanDuel copied diagrams as well as text, and even had a William Hill logo present on a page, indicating the contents were copied and pasted from a different document.
Asher said: “If the court finds in favour, a portion of the proceeds will fund scholarships for creative writing programs at New Jersey universities.”
FanDuel has faced issues since its move from daily fantasy sports into sports betting. In its first month of operation, it claimed it could not pay bettors their winnings due to the late time of events.
In another incident, the sportsbook agreed to pay a punter $82,000 after an error gave him incorrect odds.