Churchill Downs and Aristocrat Enter into Agreement to Settle Lawsuits



Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) and Aristocrat Leisure have entered into an agreement in principle to settle the Kater v. Churchill Downs, and Thimmegowda v. Big Fish Games lawsuits.

CDI completed its sale of Big Fish Games to Aristocrat in January 2018. The agreement in principle remains contingent on final court approval by the U.S. Federal District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Under the terms of the settlement, which will take effect only after final court approval of the proposed class settlement, a total of USD$155 million will be paid into a settlement fund. CDI will pay USD$124 million of the settlement from its available cash. Aristocrat will pay USD$31 million of the settlement.

All members of the nationwide settlement class who do not exclude themselves will release all claims relating to the subject matter of the lawsuits.

Aristocrat has agreed to specifically release CDI of any and all indemnification obligations under the Stock Purchase Agreement dated November 29, 2017, between CDI, Aristocrat and Big Fish Games arising from or related to the Kater and Thimmegowda Litigations, including any claims of diminution of value of Big Fish Games and any claims by any person who opts out of the proposed class settlement.

The parties have agreed to provide notice to the District Court that the parties have reached a settlement in principle and to request that the cases be stayed pending execution and filing of a formal settlement agreement.


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