Chuck E. Cheese’s sued for violating gambling laws with kids’ games

May 11, 2011

A San Diego, Calif., mom has filed a lawsuit against Chuck E. Cheese's, claiming the kid-friendly pizza chain is participating in illegal gambling activities that violate state and federal laws.

According to Capitol Weekly, the plaintiff, a mother of a 3- and 5-year-old, claims that many of the games available at the chain resemble children's versions of slot machines. Her suit says that traditional games, such as skee-ball, are being replaced by these "illegal gambling devices that require little or no skill and are predominantly games of chance."

Her suit was filed at the end of March against CEC Entertainment, parent company of Chuck E. Cheese's, in the U.S. District Court in Southern California. She seeks restitution and an injunction of these devices.

Chuck E. Cheese's does not comment on pending litigation.

The chain has already been sued in several southern states for similar reasons. A 1996 case in Alabama ruled that the company could allow the games, but not prizes, which violates state gambling laws.

In 2002, Mississippi's Supreme Court barred games of chance that included prizes. And a 2008 bill in South Carolina was dropped over concerns regarding a loophole that would allow video poker.

Topics: Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza , Customer Service / Experience , Operations Management

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