DraftKings, FanDuel to each pay $1.3 million to Massachusetts after unfair practices allegations

By Mark Iandolo | Sep 11, 2017

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Sept. 7 that DraftKings Inc. and FanDuel Inc. will pay roughly $2.6 million after allegations of unfair and deceptive practices.

Each company will pay $1.3 million and the funds will go toward grant protection programs to protect consumers and engage young people in technology.

According to allegations, participants in daily fantasy sports contests were not properly protected. Healey’s office determined that comprehensive consumer-protective regulation was needed. DraftKings and FanFuel both cooperated and made significant changes to their business practices. These changes should help protect consumers with respect to game play fairness, protections for minors, responsible gaming requirements, fairness in advertising, and data and funds security.

“I am glad to have reached these settlements to address various consumer issues that existed at the early stages of this new industry,” Healey said. “We have since implemented a set of comprehensive regulations that provide consumers with broad-ranging protections and that have served as a model for many other states.”

The case was handled for Massachusetts by assistant attorney general Dan Krockmalnic of the Consumer Protection Division and Gary Klein, senior trial counsel in the Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau.

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