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Issue Date: Vol. 51, No. 6, June 2011, Posted On: 5/24/2011

CEC Gambling Suit Refiled In State Court

Marcus Webb
prize games, Chuck E. Cheese's, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, CEC Entertainment Inc., Chuck E. Cheese lawsuit refiling, kiddie gambling, Debbie Keller, redemption game, arcade, arcade game, family entertainment center, amusement business

IRVING, TX -- The California mother who contends that Chuck E. Cheese's arcade games are illegal gambling devices refiled her suit against the company in a California state court after withdrawing her federal suit last week.

Debbie Keller had filed her original suit in March against Irving, TX-based CEC Entertainment Inc., parent company of the pizza-arcade chain, in a federal district court in San Diego. | SEE STORY

Not unlike the original suit, the current action alleges that certain redemption games in the popular children's arcades constitute illegal gambling equipment that can lead minors to eventually become gambling addicts.

Keller's lawyers said the new lawsuit seeks to have the targeted games removed from CEC stores in the state of California only -- not nationwide.

The suit also seeks an unspecified sum as refunds for parents whose children played the questionable games.

Keller's original suit did not seek $5 million in damages as initially reported by the media, her attorneys said. Keller wants no money for herself, they stressed.

CEC is represented in the case by Weil, Gotshal & Manges, a Dallas lawfirm. The firm has released a statement asserting that Keller's claims have no merit and that CEC will "vigorously defend" its business practices in court.

CEC and its franchisees operate more than 500 Chuck E. Cheese's centers in 48 states and six countries.

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