HGN turns the heat up on Stanley Ho

Oct 15, 2002 6:46 AM

   The David-vs.-Goliath battle between Home Gambling Network and Stanley Ho just got a little more interesting.

   HGN filed an emergency motion in District Court last week to compel Ho’s Caribbean Online Ltd. to respond to allegations that COL infringed on HGN’s copyrights.

   Ho’s site — www.drho888.com — advertises “live dealers” and invites online visitors to “bet on anything.’’ Reportedly generating millions of hits per month and hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue per year, the 18-month-old site claims to be “the first and only real-time gaming and entertainment site on the Internet.”

   But Mel Molnick, head of HGN, says Ho is infringing on the i2Corp subsidiary’s patented software that provides online game-playing services. HGN has demanded that COL present documents and witnesses to answer the allegations.

   “Despite promises and assurances from opposing counsel, I have received no response, consistent with their conduct on the initial disclosures and protective order,’’ said attorney Michael Rounds.

   HGN’s case got a boost earlier this year when the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled to ease the way for manufacturers to prove patent infringement.

   Ho, the legendary Asian gaming mogul, had not responded to HGN as of presstime.