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Thursday 17 December, 2020

Flutter Entertainmnt

Update on Kentucky legal proceedings

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Flutter Entertainment PLC
17 December 2020
 

 

17 December 2020

 

Flutter Entertainment plc ("Flutter")

Update on Kentucky legal proceedings

 

The Kentucky Supreme Court has today ruled on legal proceedings that were originally brought by the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2010 against certain subsidiaries of The Stars Group ("TSG") prior to its combination with the Flutter Group.

The Kentucky Supreme Court judgement has reinstated an award of damages against TSG made in 2015 by a Kentucky trial court judge. That 2015 ruling had subsequently been vacated in its entirety by the Kentucky Court of Appeals in 2018. The outcome of today's Kentucky Supreme Court ruling is that the $870 million judgement against TSG has been reinstated with compounding interest of 12% per annum.  

As previously disclosed, the gross gaming revenues that TSG generated in Kentucky during the relevant period were approximately $18 million. There are a number of legal processes available to Flutter and having taken legal advice, Flutter is confident that any amount it ultimately becomes liable to pay will be a limited proportion of the reinstated judgement.

Flutter is wholly surprised by today's ruling and strongly disputes the basis of this judgement which, it believes, runs contrary to the modern US legal precedent. This litigation had sought recovery of alleged losses by Kentucky residents during a period between 2006 and 2011 relying on a centuries-old statute. 

Together with its legal advisors Flutter is currently reviewing its position. No liability was previously recognised by either TSG or Flutter in relation to this. Flutter's balance sheet remains robust.

 

Contacts:

Investor Relations:

David Jennings, Group Director of Investor Relations & FP&A

+ 353 87 951 3560

Ciara O'Mullane, Investor Relations

+ 353 87 947 7862

Liam Kealy, Investor Relations

+ 353 87 665 2014

Press:

Fi Thorne, Corporate Affairs

Lindsay Dunford, Corporate Affairs 

+ 44 75 2111 4787

+ 44 79 3197 2959

Billy Murphy, Drury / Porter Novelli

+ 353 1 260 5000

James Murgatroyd, Finsbury

+ 44 20 7251 3801

 

 

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