Bill Gantz is a trial lawyer with diverse experience
representing manufacturing, technology, Internet, online gambling
and entertainment clients in litigation, licensing and intellectual
property matters nationwide.
Bill has actively represented the Internet gambling sector since
2002 in patent infringement, commercial litigation and compliance
matters (including the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act).
He is a former co-chair of the American Bar Association Gaming Law
Section Subcommittee on Internet and Mobile Gaming. In March 2011,
in the first patent infringement case tried to verdict by the
online gambling industry, Bill obtained a jury verdict in favor of
www.sportsbetting.com against the Lottotron ‘865 patent
(computerized lottery wagering system) in the US District Court for
the District of New Jersey. In a series of lawsuits targeting the
online gaming industry, Lottotron had asserted that its online
lottery patent covered remote gaming systems offering games of
chance. Bill first obtained a ruling on summary judgment that an
online wagering platform offering casino games did not literally
infringe the patent (a ruling which still benefits all operators
today), and Lottotron then lost at trial on the theory of
infringement under the doctrine of equivalents.
Read more about this case.
Bill also regularly advises businesses offering Internet-based
sweepstakes and retail product promotions, lottery tickets,
subscription or play-for-free gaming, as well as charitable
fundraising activities involving games, contests or auctions. With
respect to land-based gaming, Bill is currently actively involved
in numerous litigation matters arising within the Video Gaming
Terminal (VGT) industry in Illinois.
Bill’s technology-based practice also encompasses a specialty
focus in representing flexible packaging industry clients,
concerning trade secret misappropriation and violations of
restrictive covenants not to compete or solicit given as part of
purchase agreements or employment agreements. He has also counseled
converters and other plastic industry clients regarding patents
concerning films and plastic additives. Bill has expertise in the
area of biodegradation of plastics, and has extensive experience
concerning "green marketing" and biodegradability claims under the
Federal Trade Commission’s Green Guides.
Bill is also particularly experienced in litigation involving
shareholders, officers, directors, managers and members of closely
held corporations and limited liability companies. He has
successfully defended and prosecuted numerous actions for
oppression, forced buyouts for "fair value," dissolution, as well
as shareholder derivative claims for damages for breach of
fiduciary duty and corporate waste.
He is regularly immersed in expedited proceedings, seeking or
defending suits for temporary restraining orders and preliminary
injunctions involving misappropriation of trade secrets, covenants
not to compete, and confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements,
and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). Many of his cases
involve actions between competitors arising under Unfair and
Deceptive Trade Practices Acts, Consumer Fraud Acts and the Lanham
Bill’s general commercial litigation and arbitration experience
is diverse, including recent trials and significant litigation on
behalf of a solid waste recycling company, investment banking
partnership, real estate investor, public relations agency,
clinical research organization, an international cellular telephony
consultant, and a dispute consulting and business advisory firm. He
has extensive experience handling complex litigation and
arbitration arising under clawback provisions.
He has successfully argued appeals in state and federal
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