Heathcote, et al. v. SpinX Games Limited, et al.
Grande Games Settlement
Case No.: 2:20-cv-01310-RSM

Frequently Asked Questions

 

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  • A Court authorized the notice because you have a right to know about a proposed Settlement of this class action lawsuit and about all of your options, before the Court decides whether to give final approval to the Settlement. The Notice explains the lawsuit, the Settlement, and your legal rights.

    The Honorable Ricardo S. Martinez, of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, is overseeing this case. The case is called Heathcote v. SpinX Games Limited, et al., Case No. 2:20-cv-01310-RSM. The person who sued is called the Plaintiff. The Defendants are SpinX Games Limited, Grande Games Limited, and Beijing Bole Technology Co., Ltd.

  • In a class action, one or more people called class representatives (in this case, Alma Sue Croft) sue on behalf of a group or a “class” of people who have similar claims. In a class action, the court resolves the issues for all class members, except for those who exclude themselves from the Class.

  • The lawsuit claims that Defendants violated Washington’s gambling laws and Washington’s Consumer Protection Act, and that Defendant was unjustly enriched, through the sale of virtual coins in the following social casino-style games: Cash Frenzy, Lotsa Slots, Jackpot World, Vegas Friends, Jackpot Mania, Jackpot Fever, DAFU, Cash Bash, and Jackpot Crush. Defendants deny all claims and that they violated any law.

  • The Court has not decided whether the Plaintiff or the Defendants should win this case. Instead, both sides agreed to a Settlement. That way, they avoid the uncertainties and expenses associated with ongoing litigation, and Class Members will get compensation sooner rather than, if at all, after the completion of a trial.

    More information about the Settlement and the lawsuit are available in the “Important Documents” page here, or by accessing the Court docket in this case, for a fee, through the Court’s Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system at https://ecf.wawd.uscourts.gov, or by visiting the office of the Clerk of the Court for the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, Tacoma Courthouse, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding Court holidays.

  • The Court decided that everyone who fits the following description is a member of the Settlement Class:

    Persons who played Cash Frenzy, Lotsa Slots, DAFU, Jackpot World, Jackpot Fever, Jackpot Crush, Jackpot Mania, Cash Bash, and/or Vegas Friends, on or before January 31, 2022, while located in the state of Washington.

  • Monetary Relief: If approved by the Court, Defendants will establish a Settlement Fund totaling $3,500,000. Settlement Class Member payments, as well as the cost to administer the Settlement, the cost to inform people about the Settlement, any attorneys’ fees and costs awarded by the Court, and any incentive award to the Class Representative approved by the Court will also come out of this fund (see FAQ 13).

    Prospective Relief: Defendants have also agreed to take or maintain measures designed to address video game behavior disorders, including providing self-service resources to players, providing for voluntary self-exclusion, and implementing in-game mechanics to ensure that players who run out of sufficient virtual coins will be able to continue to play the games without waiting an unreasonable amount of time.

    A detailed description of the settlement benefits can be found in the Settlement Agreement available here.

  • If you are member of the Settlement Class you may submit a Claim Form to receive a portion of the Settlement Fund. The exact amount of your payment can’t be determined at this time, but you can get an estimate by visiting the settlement website. The amount of your payment will depend on, among other things, (1) the total dollar amount of in-game purchases you made while playing the Cash Frenzy, Lotsa Slots, Jackpot World, Vegas Friends, and/or other SpinX Games Social Casino Games, with those who spent more money receiving a higher percentage back, (2) whether or not your claims are potentially subject to the Binding Arbitration Provision in Defendants’ Terms of Use, and (3) how many Settlement Class Members submit claims. If you would like more information about how Settlement Payments are determined, review the Settlement Agreement here.

  • You should receive a check or electronic payment from the Settlement Administrator within 60 days after the Settlement has been finally approved and/or any appeals process is complete. The hearing to consider the final approval of the Settlement is scheduled for December 1, 2022. If you elect to receive your payment via check, please keep in mind that checks will expire and become void 180 days after they are issued. If appropriate, funds remaining from the initial round of uncashed checks, or electronic payments that cannot be processed, may be used for a second distribution to Settlement Class Members and/or may be donated to the Legal Foundation of Washington.

  • If you are a Class Member and you want to get a payment, you must complete and submit a Claim Form by January 26, 2023. Claim Forms can be found and submitted online or you may have received a Claim Form in the mail (and which you can then submit by mail). To submit a Claim Form online click here. To request a paper copy of the Claim Form go to the Important Documents page here or call toll free, 1-877-540-0582.

    We encourage you to submit your claim electronically. Not only is it easy and secure, but it is completely free and takes only minutes.

  • If the Settlement becomes final, you will give up your right to sue the Defendants and other Released Parties for the claims being resolved by this Settlement.  The specific claims you are giving up against the Defendants are described in the Settlement Agreement.  You will be “releasing” the Defendants and certain of its affiliates, employees and representatives as described in Section 1.30 of the Settlement Agreement.  Unless you excluded yourself, you are “releasing” the claims, regardless of whether you submit a claim or not.  The Settlement Agreement is available through the “Important Documents” page here.

    The Settlement Agreement describes the released claims with specific descriptions, so read it carefully.  If you have any questions you can talk to the lawyers listed in FAQ 12 for free or you can, of course, talk to your own lawyer if you have questions about what this means.

  • If you do nothing, you won’t get any benefits from this Settlement. But, unless you excluded yourself, you won’t be able to start a lawsuit or be part of any other lawsuit against the Defendants for the claims being resolved by this Settlement.

  • The Court has appointed two lawyers at the firm Bursor & Fisher, P.A. to be the attorneys representing the Settlement Class. Those lawyers – Philip L. Fraietta and Alec M. Leslie – are called “Class Counsel.” They are experienced in handling similar class action cases. More information about these lawyers, their law firm, and their experience is available at www.bursor.com. They believe, after conducting an extensive investigation, that the Settlement Agreement is fair, reasonable, and in the best interests of the Settlement Class. You will not be charged for these lawyers. If you want to be represented by your own lawyer in this case, you may hire one at your expense.

  • Class Counsel attorneys’ fees, costs, and expenses will be paid from the Settlement Fund in an amount to be determined and awarded by the Court. The fee petition will seek no more than 25% of the Settlement Fund in attorneys’ fees, plus reimbursement of reasonable costs and expenses. The Court may award less than this amount.

    Subject to approval by the Court, the Class Representative may be paid an Incentive Award from the Settlement Fund for helping to bring and settle the case. The Class Representative will ask for $5,000 as an incentive award.

  • If you had wanted to exclude yourself from the Settlement, you could have written to the Settlement Administrator about why you wanted to exclude yourself from the Settlement by no later than November 7, 2022. The deadline to exclude yourself from the Settlement has passed. 

  • If you did not exclude yourself, you cannot sue the Defendant for the same thing later. Unless you excluded yourself, you gave up any right to sue the Defendants for the claims being resolved by this Settlement. 

  • No. If you excluded yourself, you cannot get a payment from this Settlement. If you excluded yourself, you should not submit a Claim Form to ask for benefits because you won’t receive any.

  • If you are a Class Member, you could have objected to the Settlement if you didn’t like any part of it.   To object, you must have filed with the Court a letter or brief stating that you object to the Settlement and sent a copy to Class Counsel and Defendant’s Counsel. 

    Class Counsel filed with the Court and posted on the website its request for attorneys’ fees.

    If you wanted to appear and speak at the Final Approval Hearing to object to the Settlement, with or without a lawyer, you must have said so in your letter or brief.  The deadline to file an objection was November 7, 2022, and has passed. 

     

  • Objecting simply means telling the Court that you don’t like something about the Settlement. You can object only if you stay in the Class. Excluding yourself from the Class is telling the Court that you don’t want to be part of the Class. If you exclude yourself, you have no basis to object because the case no longer affects you.

  • The Court will hold the Final Approval Hearing at 9:00 a.m. PST on December 1, 2022. The purpose of the hearing will be for the Court to determine whether to approve the Settlement as fair, reasonable, adequate, and in the best interests of the Class; to consider the Class Counsel’s request for attorneys’ fees and expenses; and to consider the request for an incentive award to the Class Representative. At that hearing, the Court will be available to hear any objections and arguments concerning the fairness of the Settlement.

    The hearing may be postponed to a different date or time without notice, so it is a good idea to check this website or call 1-877-540-0582. If, however, you timely objected to the Settlement and advised the Court that you intend to appear and speak at the Final Approval Hearing, you will receive notice of any change in the date of such Final Approval Hearing.

  • You do not need to come to the hearing.  Class Counsel will answer any questions the Court may have.  But you are welcome to come at your own expense.  If you sent an objection or comment, you don’t have to come to Court to talk about it.  As long as you filed and mailed your written objection on time, the Court will consider it.  You may also pay another lawyer to attend, but it’s not required.

  • You may have asked the Court for permission to speak at the Fairness Hearing.  To have done so, you must have included in your letter or brief objecting to the settlement a statement saying that it is your “Notice of Intent to Appear in Heathcote v. SpinX Games Limited, et al., Case No. 20-cv-01310-RSM.”  It must have included your name, address, telephone number and signature as well as the name and address of your lawyer, if one is appearing for you.  Your objection and notice of intent to appear must have been filed with the Court, sent to Counsel, and postmarked no later than November 7, 2022.

  • The Notice summarizes the Settlement. More details are in the Settlement Agreement. You can get a copy of the Settlement Agreement here. You may also write with questions to Grande Games Settlement, c/o JND Legal Administration, P.O. Box 91221, Seattle, WA 98111. You can call the Settlement Administrator at 1-877-540-0582 or Class Counsel at 1-646-837-7150, if you have any questions. Before doing so, however, please read the full Notice carefully. You may also find additional information elsewhere on the case website.

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Grande Games Settlement
c/o JND Legal Administration
P.O. Box 91221
Seattle, WA 98111