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Fantasy football player accuses FanDuel and DraftKings websites of fraud

By Robert Hadley | Dec 18, 2015

NEW ORLEANS – A Harahan fantasy football player is suing two websites, claiming they defraud players by allowing its own employees to compete in the tournaments.

Jon Cosper filed a class-action lawsuit Dec. 11 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against FanDuel Inc. and DraftKings Inc., alleging consumer fraud and deceptive trade practices.

According to the complaint, the defendants make money on fees collected from new and experienced gamers on the site. Employees of both FanDuel and DraftKings are allowed to compete in the games. However, because they have access to proprietary data and statistics on both the gamers and football players, the lawsuit says this gives the employees, and thus, the companies, an unfair advantage.

Cosper seeks punitive and compensatory damages to be determined at trial. He is represented by New Orleans attorneys James R. Dugan II, David B. Franco and Lanson Bordelon of The Dugan Law Firm APLC; Jeremy Schafer of Miller Legal LLP; Russ M. Herman and Leonard A. Davis of Herman, Herman & Katz LLC; and Chris Seeger of Seeger Weiss in New York City.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District Case number 2:15-cv-06720

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