Archive for the 'gambling' Category

High Court backs OFT’s action against scratchcard promoters – OUT-Law.com

“A series of linked scratchcard promotion companies must fundamentally change the way they do business or stop operating after the High Court ruled their promotions were unlawful.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd February 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

Rogue City broker jailed over unauthorised £3m trading – BBC News

“A City trader has been jailed for two-and-a-half years after making £3m-worth of unauthorised trades.”

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BBC News, 1st July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Professional poker player loses £156,000 at High Court – The Independent

“A young professional poker player lost £156,000 at the High Court today when a judge ruled he must pay a rabbi who placed spread bets for him on the Dow Jones index.”

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The Independent, 10th June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

In re Frankice (Golders Green) Ltd and others – WLR daily

In re Frankice (Golders Green) Ltd and others; [2010] WLR (D) 118

“The words ‘legal process’ in para 43(6) of Sch B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986 meant something with a defined beginning and an ascertainable outcome, involving the compulsive power of the law, which, in the interim, was governed by a recognisable procedure which was legal or quasi-legal in nature.”

WLR Daily, 10th May 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Bingo website ad banned for presenting negative racial stereotype – The Guardian

“The advertising watchdog has banned a TV commercial for a gambling website for portraying black people as less intelligent than white people and presenting a negative racial stereotype.”

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The Guardian, 17th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

OFT takes prize draw companies to court over scratchcards – OUT-LAW.com

“Consumer regulator the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is taking five prize draw companies to court over competitions that it believes are unfair to consumers. It has asked the High Court for an injunction to stop the competitions taking place.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th January 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Office of Fair Trading takes prize draw companies to court – The Guardian

“More than two years after Guardian Money highlighted the questionable tactics of two prize draw promotions companies, Britain’s consumer watchdog is launching court action aimed at putting a stop to their ‘deceptive’ practices.”

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The Guardian, 16th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lotteries: Repeals Consultation – Law Commission

“In our consultation paper we propose the repeal of some seven obsolete statutory provisions which relate to the holding of different forms of lottery.”

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Law Commission, 12th January 2010

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

High Court relieves hosting firm of duty to hand domain name to Kentucky – OUT-LAW.com

“The High Court has said that a UK hosting company does not have to comply with a US state court’s order demanding that it hand over a gambling company’s domain name.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 4th November 2009

Source: www.out-law.com

 

New Gambling Commission guidance fails to resolve house competition confusion – OUT-LAW.com

“The Gambling Commission’s ‘softly softly’ approach to one-off lotteries may undermine its ability to prosecute , a gambling law expert has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th September 2009

Source: www.out-law.com

Racecourse price agreements did not break competition law, says Court of Appeal – OUT-LAW.com

“Racecourses did not break competition laws when they decided to sell their television rights only to a company that they owned. A rival company owned by betting shops has lost its case at the Court of Appeal.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 30th July 2009

Source: www.out-law.com

Lottery fraudster to pay £15,000 – BBC News

“A Swindon woman whose winning lottery ticket was found and cashed in by someone else has been told she will be paid more than half the original prize.”

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BBC News, 24th July 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

House competition draw to go ahead after Gambling Commission probe – OUT-LAW.com

“A controversial competition to win a house that was halted by the Gambling Commission has been allowed to proceed.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 14th May 2009

Source: www.out-law.com

Former Carlisle mayor jailed for stealing to fund gambling habit – The Guardian

“A Carlisle woman who worked as a local politician before developing an addiction to online gambling was jailed today for stealing almost £40,000 to pay her debts.”

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The Guardian, 8th april 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Jackpots and stakes doubled as gaming industry given boost by ministers – The Times

“Gamblers will be able to bet more and win bigger prizes on slot machines in pubs, clubs and amusement arcades after successful lobbying of the Government by the gaming industry.”

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The Times, 5th January 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Calvert v William Hill Credit Ltd – WLR Daily

Calvert v William Hill Credit Ltd [2008] EWCA Civ 1427; [2008] WLR (D) 393

A pathological gambler was not entitled to damages for negligence from a telephone bookmaker which had failed to implement an agreement to prevent him from placing telephone bets. The duty of care undertaken by the bookmaker was to prevent the claimant placing telephone bets with them, not to prevent him gambling altogether. The court could not ignore the fact that the claimant would probably have placed ruinous bets with other bookmakers had he been prevented from gambling with the defendant.”

WLR Daily, 17th December 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Solicitors warned on offering hard-to-shift homes in prize draws – The Times

“Solicitors across the country have received a formal warning about the dangers of getting involved in prize draws to shift unsold houses and flats during the economic downturn.”

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The Times, 15th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Compulsive gambler who lost £2m begins appeal – Daily Telegraph

“A compulsive gambler who lost £2million to a bookmaker begins his appeal after losing a compensation claim earlier this year.”

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Daily Telegraph, 16th October 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Gambling Commission warns that house competitions asking easy questions could be illegal – OUT-LAW.com

“The Gambling Commission has warned home owners that they could be breaking the law if they operate internet-based schemes to offload unsold houses. The draw for the most famous of the schemes will take place on Thursday.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th October 2008

Source: www.out-law.com

Home owners who raffle their properties risk criminal offence, says Gambling Commission – Daily Telegraph

“The growing band of home owners who resort to raffling their properties could be breaking the law, the Gambling Commission has warned.”

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Daily Telegraph, 10th October 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Another get-rich-quick scheme where criminals could quickly muscle in – The Times

“Whenever there is a new money-making venture it does not take too long before the criminal fraternity moves in. It is particularly pertinent in difficult economic times when even more people will be drawn into get-rich-quick schemes.”

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The Times, 20th September 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Gambling Commission retracts advice on controversial house competitions – OUT-LAW.com

“The UK’s Gambling Commission has retracted advice which appeared to back claims of those behind a rash of house-sale competitions that their schemes are lawful. It has performed a u-turn on advice which said that it was “clear” that one competition was legal.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 18th September 2008

Source: www.out-law.com

‘Fat Man’ sues top casinos for millions – The Observer

“Fouad al-Zayat, a 20-stone billionaire who lost £191m at roulette, is taking six top British clubs to court, claiming they illegally allowed him credit.”

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The Observer, 14th September2008

Source: http://observer.guardian.co.uk

Aspinall’s Club Ltd v Al-Zayat (No 2) [2008] – WLR Daily

Aspinall’s Club Ltd v Al-Zayat (No 2) [2008] EWHC 2101 (Comm); [2008] WLR (D) 301

A fixed-term deferral or postponement of a sum owed to a gaming club by a patron amounted to the providing or allowing of credit contrary to s 16(1)(b) of the Gaming Act 1968.”

WLR Daily, 8th September 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

‘Fat Man’ wins legal battle over £2m gambling debt – The Times

“A billionaire gambler today won a legal bid to avoid paying a £2 million debt to a London casino.”

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The Times, 3rd September 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

House raffle is probably illegal, says gambling law expert – OUT-LAW.com

“The Gambling Commission should investigate the couple selling their £1 million house through a £25-a-ticket lottery, a gambling law expert has said. The Commission refused to comment on the case.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 27th August 2008

Source: www.out-law.com

Police defend race-fixing inquiry – BBC News

“The City of London Police has defended the race-fixing investigation which ended with the collapse of a £10m trial but said procedures could be tightened.”

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BBC News, 16th May 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Betting firm breached new ad rule – BBC News

“A press advertisement that linked online betting with increased sexual prowess has become one of the first to breach new tighter gambling codes.”

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BBC News, 23rd April 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Sisters celebrate court bingo win – BBC News

“Two women who sued their sister for a share of a £50,000 bingo win have been awarded the money by a judge.”

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BBC News, 17th April 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Calvert v William Hill Credit Ltd – WLR Daily

Calvert v William Hill Credit Ltd [2008] EWHC 454 (Ch); [2008] WLR (D) 87

Although a bookmaker was not liable in negligence in respect of the gambling losses of a customer who was, and who was known by the bookmaker to be, a problem gambler, a bookmaker who had, at the customer’s request, undertaken to prohibit the customer from gambling for a specified period owed the customer a duty to take reasonable care to enforce that prohibition, so as to protect the customer from the risk of gambling losses during the specified period.”

WLR Daily, 12th March 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR summary is removed.

Gambler loses £2m bookies claim – BBC News

“A compulsive gambler has lost his bid at the High Court to force bookmaker William Hill to repay his £2m losses.”

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BBC News, 12th March 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Gambling firms face support levy – BBC News

“The government has said it may force gambling companies to help fund support services for those battling addiction.”

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BBC News, 1st March 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

New ad rules: bookies are playing fair – The Guardian

“Gambling and betting companies are abiding by new liberalised rules that have allowed them to advertise on TV for the first time, according to the first compliance report published by the advertising regulator. The Advertising Standards Authority said the compliance report’s findings vindicated its system of self-regulation for gambling ads.”

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The Guardian, 21st February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Gambler sues bookmaker to recover £2.1m lost betting – The Guardian

“A problem gambler whose addiction cost him his marriage and business is taking betting chain William Hill to court to try to reclaim £2.1m he lost in six months.”

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The Guardian, 15th February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Gambler sues bookmaker for losses – BBC News

“A gambler is suing a bookmaker for £2m he claims he lost on bets after asking the firm not to let him bet again.”

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BBC News, 14th February 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Synod calls on minister to scrap planned casinos – The Guardian

“The Archbishop of Canterbury last night dismissed the government’s ‘extraordinary, not to say ridiculous’ claims that gambling was a means for regeneration and urged the gaming industry to take responsibility for its ‘human pollution’.”

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The Guardian, 13th February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Judges rule that poker is a game of chance – Daily Telegraph

“Poker is a game largely dependent on luck, the Court of Appeal ruled yesterday.”

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Daily Telegraph, 9th February 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

City may dispute casino decision – BBC News

“Manchester officials have said they will consider a legal challenge if a government decision to axe the city’s planned super-casino is confirmed.”

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BBC News, 7th February 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Arcades blame gambling law for lost income – Financial Times

“Seaside arcades and amusement centres are among thousands of businesses that have lost more than a fifth of their income because of the impact of gambling legislation on gaming machines, industry leaders told MPs on Tuesday.”

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Financial Times, 6th February 2008

Source: www.ft.com

Kieren Fallon is cleared of cheating as race-fixing trial collapses – The Times

“The reputation of the police force that claims to be the country’s elite antifraud unit was in tatters last night after the collapse of its cheating case against one of horse racing’s greatest talents.”

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The Times, 8th December 2007
Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Aspinall’s Club Ltd v Al-Zayat – Times Law Reports

Gambling cheque defence might be valid

Aspinall’s Club Ltd v Al-Zayat

Court of Appeal

“A gambling debt which was recoverable when it was incurred, could later become irrecoverable if the gaming club had extended credit to a member contrary to law; that unlawful provision of credit rendered the member’s liabilities on both a dishonoured cheque and the underlying loan illegal and unenforceable.”

The Times, 31st October 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Aspinall’s Club Ltd v Al-Zayat – WLR Daily

Aspinall’s Club Ltd v Al-Zayat [2007] EWCA Civ 1001

A gambling debt which was recoverable at the time it was incurred could later become irrecoverable by the subsequent provision by the gaming club of unlawful credit to the member, which rendered the member’s liabilities on both the dishonoured cheque and the underlying loan illegal and unenforceable under s 16 of the Gaming Act 1968.”

WLR Daily, 22nd October 2007

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note: once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.


 

Camelot faces probe into axed charity funding – The Observer

“Camelot, the National Lottery operator, will be questioned by the Charity Commission this week over the running of its charitable arm.”

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The Observer, 21st October 2007

Source: http://observer.guardian.co.uk

Champion jockey Fallon “rigged races in £2.2 million betting fraud” – The Times

“Kieren Fallon, the six-times Champion Jockey and international racing icon, took part in a multimillion pound conspiracy to defraud the betting public, an Old Bailey jury was told yesterday.”

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The Times, 9th October 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Web entry not enough for TV competitions, says Gambling Commission – OUT-LAW.com

“Live television competition operators cannot simply offer a free internet entry form in order to escape their competitions being regulated as lotteries, according to new guidance from the Gambling Commission.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd October 2007

Source: www.out-law.com

Government to review casino gaming duty – Reuters

“The government said on Monday it was reviewing taxes paid on player-to-player games in casinos, such as poker, where gamblers’ so-called participation fees are subject to VAT but not gaming duty.”

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Reuters, 10th September 2007

Source: www.reuters.com

Major new gambling laws in force – BBC News

“Sweeping gambling laws have come into force in Britain bringing casinos, bookmakers and online betting under a new regulatory body.”

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BBC News, 1st September 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Gambling players must learn to deal with two years inside – The Guardian

“Professional sports players have been warned that they face two-year jail sentences if they break new laws that come into force under the Gambling Act today.”

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The Guardian, 2nd September 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Fears new laws will ‘normalise’ gambling – Daily Telegraph

“New gambling laws that relax restrictions on advertising and extend opening hours come into force today.”

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Daily Telegraph, 1st September 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Woman admits illegal house raffle – BBC News

“A woman who tried to raffle her £150,000 home has been ordered to pay nearly £8,000 compensation after she admitted breaking lottery laws.”

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BBC News, 29th August 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Gambling ad ban hits overseas operators – OUT-LAW.com

“Online gambling companies based outside of the European Economic Area are to be banned from advertising in the UK. The Gambling Act will be used to bar the advertising of over 1,000 websites.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 9th august 2007

Source: www.out-law.com

Gaming body loses casinos challenge – The Times

“The British Casino Association (BCA) has lost its High Court challenge over the Government’s plans for 17 new casinos, including the first Las Vegas-style ‘super-casino’.”

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The Times, 11th June 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Court ruling on casino challenge – BBC News

“A High Court judgment is due later on a challenge to government plans for 17 regional casinos across Britain.” 

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BBC News, 11th June 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

High Court delays casino decision – Reuters

“The high court delayed a decision on Monday which could cast further doubt over government plans to build a new wave of Las Vegas-style casinos.”

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Reuters, 22nd May 2007

Source: www.reuters.com

Court bid to block casino plans – BBC News

“An attempt to block the government’s plans for a new super-casino has been launched at the High Court in London.”

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BBC News, 17th May 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk


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