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Online Gambling Lawyer

Volume: 9 Issue: 9
( 2010)


The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) held on 8 September that the current German regulatory framework for maintaining gambling monopolies was 'not applied in a consistent and systematic manner' to protect consumers against the risks associated with gambling, and thus needed to be reformed. / read more

The Greek Government has presented plans to regulate online gambling, similar to French and Italian laws. On 20 September, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) outlined its proposals in 'Regulating the Gaming Market'. / read more

The US Attorney's Office in New York announced on 21 September it has reached a non-prosecution agreement with Sportingbet Plc, the UK-based betting company. Under the agreement, Sportingbet will pay the US a $33 million fine, but will not be criminally prosecuted for providing online gambling services to US customers between 1998 and 2006. / read more


World Online Gambling Law Report had the pleasure of co-hosting the Sport, Gambling & Sponsorship briefing at the London offices of Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP on 14 September. One of the key issues discussed was the development of online betting, and the ongoing loss of revenue suffered by the UK sport industry in general and horseracing in particular. / read more

What it is like to be a small to medium sized organisation in the EU internet gaming market in 2010? The talk of the town is that new legislation is definitely on the horizon from revised rules in the UK to forthcoming legislation in Romania, Greece and Poland. The options vary from €1 million bonds and totally unworkable tax regimes to fairly sensible tax regimes and accessible legal frameworks that would allow all companies to stay in the market. / read more

The recent launch of Green Bet, an online affiliate which intends to donate a substantial percentage of its profits to climate change projects has sparked controversy. Carl Rohsler and Ellen Forrest-Charde, of Hammonds LLP, consider the business model and reflect on some of the long-standing issues relating to gambling and charitable giving. / read more

The internet has become the most efficient medium operators use to disseminate sweepstakes to participants worldwide. With this potential have arisen opposing moral viewpoints, conflicting statutory interpretations and challenges as to the legality of these online activities in the US. Glenn J. Light and Karl F. Rutledge, Associates at Lewis & Roca Lawyers, discuss the legality of sweepstakes offered via the internet and note some of the legal pitfalls in the current statutory framework. / read more

Denmark has recently opened up its online gaming market, under strict operating and licensing conditions reminiscent of the French system. Michael Vilhelm Nielsen, Partner at Plesner, examines the future challenges the law will create. / read more

Operators are still trying to find their place four months after the much commented law on the liberalisation of the French gambling market came into force. As it has indeed emerged that the law has given rise to 'unexpected' legal and practical implications, Diane Mullenex and Annabelle Richard, of Ichay & Mullenex Avocats, evaluate how the French market is doing so far. / read more

It was 2003 when the first online gambling operator decided to expand its activities to the new Romanian market. Seven years later, Alin Vadan, Country Manager for Offsidebet, examines whether the Romanian market has reached a high saturation level and which factors played a decisive factor in the development of this gambling and gaming market. / read more

On 9 September, the European Court of Justice gave its longawaited Engelmann ruling, holding that Austria's gambling policy is in conflict with EU law. Thomas Talos, Arthur Stadler and Nicholas Aquilina, of Brandl & Talos Attorneys at Law, discuss the case and the implications of the ruling, not only for Austria but for all Member States in the EU. / 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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