In 2013, the Court of Appeals ruled that a Columbia woman named Lauren Proctor who allegedly lose nearly $700,000 in illegal video poker machines at Columbia eateries Pizza Man and Rockaways can sue the establishment in order to recover her losses.
Columbian lawyer Jim Griffin, Rockaways legal adviser argued that the decision made in 2013 created a new law opening the civil judicial system to a flood of lawsuits by disgruntled criminals suing other criminals for business disputes.
Griffin also said that Proctor was ineligible to bring the lawsuit since she filed the lawsuit more than three months after her alleged losses at Rockaways.
Proctor’s lawyer Pete Strom responded by saying that the state law clearly supported the policy of allowing plaintiffs to recover gambling losses as a way of both discouraging illegal gambling and protecting gamblers and their family members from imprudent gambling activities
“We look forward to arguing this. Hopefully, the Supreme Court will make a definitive statement,” Strom commented.