The second Counter-Strike skin gambling class action lawsuit is now open for any U.S. resident who has fallen victim to what lawyers describe as “deception” from the gambling sites and Valve.
The lawsuit was filed in Florida last week by an anonymous mother on behalf of her son, who she claims lost money on skin gambling sites while betting underage.
Valve is named as a defendant in the suit, along with CSGO Lotto and its owners, YouTubers Thomas “ProSyndicate” Cassell and Thomas “Tmartn” Martin (who is also a co-owner of top esports franchise EnVyUs). That site became the center of controversy last month after a YouTube video revealed that Cassell and Martin had promoted gambling on CSGO Lotto without revealing they were owners.
The case has been taken on by Jones Ward PLC, a trial attorney firm that specializes in class action lawsuits. The majority of its cases have involved pharmaceuticals, but the firm has also been involved in suits against Draft Kings, Fan Duel, and TD Bank.
The firm’s website is now inviting applications to join the case.
“We are working diligently to recover funds from U.S. residents who have lost money or skins through these illegal gambling contracts,” the website says. “We cannot guarantee that we will be able to recover the value lost by all users, or that we will recover at all, due to the nature of litigation. Still, we seek to assist every user that has been wronged by these companies and can only do so with your help.”
It is still unclear how successful a class action suit of this nature might be. If Jones Ward manage to get the suit to court,it might at the very least put Valve, Counter-Strike’s developer, in the middle of a public relations firestorm.