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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 8 Issue: 10
( 2009)


News

A plan to liberalise the French online gambling market has been met with mixed reactions by the industry. The French Lower House approved a draft law on the liberalisation and regulation of the French online gambling industry on 13 October. / read more

The German State of Schleswig-Holstein called this month for the cancellation of a German interstate gambling treaty - the Interstate Treaty on Lotteries (ITL) - that outlaws online gambling in all of Germany's 16 states. / read more

Online gaming sites in Europe will be able to use PayPal as a payment service processor, after PayPal announced, on 12 October, it partnered with European provider Neovia's Netbanx payments system. / read more


Features

Following pressure from the EU and private operators, France has proposed a new gambling law, presenting it as a historic proposition that will open up the French online gambling market. French officials claim the bill will put an end to the state monopoly of two operators, PMU and Française des Jeux, and will fully open up its market, worth an estimated five billion Euros a year. / read more

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) reviewed the social impact of several gambling advertisements in 2009, particularly in light of their potential impact on 'vulnerable audiences' and on moral and social standards in the UK. David Brooks, a Senior Associate at Taylor Wessing, shares his views on this year's ASA adjudications. / read more

A US court of appeals dismissed chances of making internet gambling lawful in the US by upholding the constitutionality of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) at the beginning of September. Linda J. Shorey, Dennis M.P. Ehling, Anthony Holtzman and Ashley Camron, from K&L Gates, examine the challenges brought to the UIGEA by a US gaming association and discuss the outcome of the judgment on the US online gambling industry. / read more

A Swedish Court recently decided that UK gambling operator Ladbrokes did not breach the Marketing Practices Act by using expressions such as 'Swedish games with English odds' in its Swedish advertisements. The court however ruled at the same time that Ladbroke's use of a paper cut-out resembling a device mark belonging to Swedish operator Svenska Spel was in breach of the Act. Ann Nilsson and Shirin Saif, Associates at Danowsky & Partners, examine the case and comment on its implications for foreign gaming operators in Sweden. / read more

France's proposed creation of a 'right to offer bets', which sporting organisations would be able to sell to betting operators, has gained support from many sporting organisations as a potential new revenue stream. Jason Foley-Train, the Remote Gambling Association's Betting Adviser, explains potential drawbacks with France's proposal and why it is difficult for licensed gambling operators to support a proposal requiring them to pay to combat a threat posed largely by unlicensed operators. / read more

Authorities in the US have recently initiated a vast anti-gambling financial campaign by seizing funds from the accounts of payment processors linked to internet gaming sites. Processing internet gambling transactions is unlawful in the US under a variety of regulations, most notably the Illegal Gambling Business Act and the Wire Act. Linda Shorey, Dennis Ehling, Anthony Holtzman and Ashley Camron, of K&L Gates, examine the recent seizure cases in the US. / read more

The new Lotteries and Other Games (Amendment) Act 2009 (LOGA) is set to be approved in Malta within the next few weeks. The amendment to the initial 2001 Act will change the landscape of the Maltese gambling industry. Adrian Vella, an Associate at Mamo TCV, examines what impact the proposed changes will have on Malta's gambling legislation. / read more


About Online Gambling Lawyer

The monthly publication exploring legal issues affecting operators in online gambling and gaming, on a global basis. Topics covered included licensing, offshore operators, mobile gaming, gambling payments, fixture lists and database rights, online poker, social gaming and gambling, online liquidity, advertising, sports betting, in-play betting, eSports, fantasy sports (DFS), Bitcoin gambling, and gambling fraud, as well as in-depth discussion of legislation such as the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive and the US Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA)... / read more

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