So far, U.S. courts con­sis­tently have rejected argu­ments that casinos are liable for the behavior of addicted patrons. But some attor­neys trying to take on gam­bling com­pa­nies say that if behav­ioral tracking truly can iden­tify poten­tial problem gam­blers, the legal tide could turn, sim­ilar to the way bar owners have been found partly at fault for serving vis­ibly intox­i­cated patrons who cause drunken-​​driving accidents.

It would be a theory of neg­li­gence, the duty of care argu­ment,” says Richard Day­nard, a North­eastern Uni­ver­sity law pro­fessor who is advising some lawyers on pos­sible lit­i­ga­tion against casinos.

For their part, casinos have tried to address gam­bling addic­tion by devoting mil­lions of dol­lars to fund var­ious research projects. Many have insti­tuted lim­ited efforts to address the issue on their prop­er­ties, including looking for out­ward signs of dis­tress and allowing patrons to ask the casino to bar them.

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