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Sweden: Member State referred to the Court of Justice of the EU

On October 16, 2014, the European Commission referred Sweden to the Court of Justice of the EU (EJC) in two cases in relation to Swedish legislation for gambling services....more

Gaming law changes further liberalize sportsbetting

Gaming laws in Italy for sportsbetting are increasingly trying to accomodate operators’ needs. The entrance of new major operators in the Italian sportsbetting market and the liberalization of gaming laws that for a decade...more

BELGIUM: Important industry information – Number of casinos to increase from 9 to 11

The following paragraph was included in the coalition agreement released last week by the new Belgian government: “The government will review the Games of Chance Act of 7 May 1999 […], with the purpose of increasing...more

Spain: New technical resolutions

The opening of the Spanish market is getting closer. Today new technical resolutions have been published at the Spanish Official Gazette. In particular, the resolutions are the followings...more

GB: High Court backs the Government over POC legislation

The High Court has handed down its judgment this morning, backing the Government over the Judicial Review instigated by a collective of Gibraltar-based operators of the proposed POC legislation. The industry had been awaiting...more

Can Different Rates Of Duty Apply To Different Forms Of Gaming? - European Court allows different tax rates for land-based and...

On 26 September, the General Court of the European Union handed down two judgments dismissing the appeals of Dansk Automat Brancheforening ("DAB") and Royal Scandanavian Casino Århus against a European Commission decision of...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - October 2014 (Global)

BROADCASTING - France: French legislation on evening advertising on public channels: should we expect another shift in policy? - The main French public service broadcaster, France Télévisions, is calling for lift of...more

Belgium: Gaming Commission calls for blacklisting of free gambling apps

In today’s Belgian national media, the Belgian Gaming Commission has pleaded to restrict the offering of free gambling applications (“apps”) which allow persons to gamble for free on their mobile device. The Commission for...more

EU court validates Danish online gaming regime

The EU General Court upheld the Danish gambling regime providing for a different tax treatment between online gaming and land based gaming putting an end to a long legal battle that had side effects also in other...more

GB: POC Legislation delayed until 1 November

The Government has announced that the full implementation of the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014 will be postponed until 1 November 2014....more

Italian online gaming licenses – Updated FAQs!

Online gaming has considerably changed during the last 3 years and therefore I decided to publish an updated version of the FAQs on the regime applicable to Italian online gaming licenses. ...more

Wynn for the Win in the Fight for Boston-Area Casino License

After morning presentations by both Mohegan Sun and Wynn, the Commissioners continued their final deliberations of the two applicants for the sole Boston-area casino license, and voted today 3-1 to award the license to Wynn...more

Italian gaming law regime upheld by Supreme Court

The Italian gaming law regime after considerable court cases is now eventually upheld by the Italian Administrative Supreme Court in a dispute relating to a so called ‘centro trasmissione dati‘ or ‘CTD‘. ...more

Midwest Gaming Win Reinforces Division Between Police and Taxing Powers

In United States v. Doremus, 249 U.S. 86 (1919) the Supreme Court held that a tax law “may not be declared unconstitutional, because its effect may be to accomplish another purpose as well as the raising of revenue.” That...more

Is gambling the next innovation in resident supportive services?

Recently, the New York Times published an article about the trend among some credit unions to offer “prize-linked savings accounts” as a means of encouraging saving among low-income families. The article explains that the...more

Australia: Policy tensions crystallise in NSW Impact of Gambling report and former premier’s comments

On 14 August 2014, the New South Wales Legislative Council’s Select Committee on the Impact of Gambling presented its report to the New South Wales Government (available here). The report is the product of an extensive public...more

Rolling the Dice with Casino VIP Lists

In the competitive world of land-based casinos, high roller “VIP” players are courted with a host of special perks and privileges. A casino’s proprietary VIP customer list represents one of its most valuable assets, almost...more

UK: Government publishes gambling duty registration information

The Government has published The General Betting, Pool Betting and Remote Gaming Duties (Registration, Records and Agents) Regulations 2014....more

Planet Bingo, LLC v. VKGS LLC (Fed. Cir. 2014)

Planet Bingo is the assignee of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,398,646 and 6,656,045, both directed to computer-implemented methods and systems for managing bingo games. Planet Bingo filed an infringement action in the United States...more

Apparently, the Wizard of Oz Notwithstanding, Kansas Frowns upon Fantasy

Last week, the Kansas Gaming & Racing Commission (“KGRC”) updated the “Frequently Asked Questions” on its website to reflect its position that fantasy sports leagues violate Kansas law against gambling. Under Kansas law, a...more

Boston Stripped of Surrounding Community Status for Wynn Project

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (“Commission”) stripped Boston of its status as a “surrounding community” for the proposed Wynn casino. While initially the Commission appeared to agree with Boston that the Commission...more

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Receives Final Community Input for Eastern Massachusetts Casino Applications

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (“Commission”) held two public hearings the week of August 11, 2014 to finalize the comment process before awarding the Boston-area casino license. The Commission held the first hearing...more

GB: Gambling Commission launches far-reaching consulation on social responsibility

The Gambling Commission has launched a consulation asking for views from the public and the industry on the levels and nature of social responsibility protections that gambling operators must provide....more

New step for Spanish Market re-opening

Following the publication the Spanish Official Gazette of the decrees regulating online slots and exchange betting, a new step has been taken by publishing in the Spanish authorities’ website relevant information about the...more

Spain: the decrees on slots and exchange betting are approved

Yesterday the Spanish authorities finally published in the Spanish Official Gazette the decrees regulating online slots and exchange betting....more

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