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Valve win motion to dismiss in gambling class action suit, but that doesn’t mean it’s over

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The CS:GO gambling scandal rolls ever onward, with lawsuits now reaching the rulings stage. The first major decision has been made in the combined class action suing of YouTuber TmarTn and Valve by a group of disgruntled players, and it’s a win for Valve. The case has been dismissed at a federal court on jurisdictional grounds. While this doesn’t mean the case is dead, it does require a restructuring from Michael John Mcleod et al.

Last we heard from TmarTn he wasn’t making any more public statements about the case.

The short version is that the federal court decided the RICO elements of the case – i.e. why it was being brought to federal court in the first place – didn’t stand up, and therefore dismissing it. There’s an appeal opportunity to go through, but if that’s unsuccessful it means state courts will have to be used if the plaintiffs want to continue.

The major impacts of this decision are financial. RICO trials have special rules for who pays for the time of lawyers once they’re finished, and mean things could have been a lot cheaper for the side of the case that isn’t multi-national corporations and YouTube superstars. However, as mentioned, the case can continue in other courts if wished.

Rather than try to interpret any further with my minimal knowledge of US federal law, I’ll point you at Bryce Blum’s post on the CS:GO subreddit about the matter. He’s one of the eSports focused lawyers that have been breaking down the legal side of this whole debacle for interested parties over the last few months.