Mom Refiles Suit Against Chuck E. Cheese's

Woman files suit in California state court shortly after withdrawing federal lawsuit

By Frank Heinz and Lita Beck
|  Friday, May 20, 2011  |  Updated 9:54 PM CDT
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Mom Refiles Suit Against Chuck E. Cheese's

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A California mom has refiled her lawsuit that claims that Chuck E. Cheese's fosters gambling in children in a state court.

Irving-based Chuck E. Cheese's said Friday that Debbie Keller had voluntarily dismissed her legal action.

The original suit had been filed in federal court, but Keller refiled in California state court later Friday.

According to the Dallas Business Journal, the new lawsuit asks that the games be removed from Chuck E. Cheese's locations in California.

In a statement about the dismissal of the federal lawsuit, Chuck E. Cheese's said:

"We steadfastly believe that her claims had no merit, and we were willing to vigorously defend ourselves against those claims. We are proud to be a family-friendly environment and the place where a kid can be a kid! Finally, we wish to thank all of our fans for your support and for making us what we are today."

The Dallas Business Journal also reported that Keller's lawyers said Friday that Keller did not ask for up to $5 million in damages in the original lawsuit as reported in numerous media reports, including NBC DFW's. Her attorneys said the lawsuit called for a refund to those who had played the games in California.

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