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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 8 Issue: 12
( 2009)


News

The Australian Productivity Commission - the independent research and advisory body of the federal government on a range of economic and social topics - published a draft report on gambling at the end of October, proposing a 'managed liberalisation' of online gambling in Australia. The final version of the Report, commissioned by the Australian Government, will be issued in February 2010. / read more

The Belgian Parliament approved, on 3 December, a draft law restricting the operation of online gambling services in the country, despite previous EU Commission opposition. / read more

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) Advocate General (AG) confirmed, in a 17 December Opinion, that the existence of a national gambling and betting monopoly - such as Dutch monopoly De Lotto - did not contradict EU law principles. The case involved online gambling operators Ladbrokes and Betfair, who had been attempting to provide their services in the Netherlands. / read more


Features

The winter might have brought a global freeze in the US and Europe but there are signs that 2010 will show a thaw in gambling restrictions. / read more

Widespread gaming practices - made possible by the use of the internet - have developed the need for social responsibility measures to curb excessive gambling and protect vulnerable users. Michael D. Lipton, QC and Kevin J. Weber, Partners at Dickinson Wright LLP, examine the responsible gaming framework established by Canadian authorities. / read more

Poland has recently adopted legislation which dramatically restricts the practice of offline gaming and advertising. Further legislation, soon to be approved by Polish authorities, would effectively ban online gambling in the country as well. Bartosz Andruszaniec, Senior Lawyer at Allen & Overy, discusses recent legislative changes and their potential impact on the gambling industry in Poland. / read more

Legislation establishing a Gambling Commission was recently unanimously passed in Jersey, alongside more socially orientated provisions to tackle problem gambling. Melanie Ellis, of Harris Hagan, examines whether the new legislation can help Jersey become a 'top regulatory destination for large online gambling operators'. / read more

Recent enforcement action against gambling websites operating in Israel has brought attention to the 'legality of online gambling under Israeli law'. These operations - which combine police and legal action - have raised issues regarding the scope and impact of Israeli regulation in the online gambling area. Gil White, Dotan Baruch and Itzhak Shragay, of Herzog, Fox & Neem, discuss legal and regulatory developments of gambling law in Israel. / read more

The internet has opened new possibilities for the development of online gambling scams, which target a large number of users. The vulnerability of users and the 'credibility' of fraudsters are key elements in online gaming scams. Professor Mark Griffiths, of Nottingham Trent University, examines in detail some of the most common internet gambling scams and how 'technology is being used to exploit and defraud thousands of people'. / read more

In its recent Bwin decision, the European Court of Justice used the general interest argument to justify restrictions to the freedom of providing gambling services. However, the 'margin of discretion' of Member States, which can be used to restrict the provision of gambling services, appears to be subject to several interpretations in EU Member States. Thibault Verbiest and Perrine Pelletier, of Ulys, analyse post-Bwin developments and their impact on the gambling industry in Europe. / 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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