Canadian Gambling Class Action Could Set An Interesting Precedent

CANADIAN GAMBLING CLASS ACTION COULD SET AN INTERESTING PRECEDENT

10th January, 2013 at 03:01:54
Source: http://www.azonlinecasinos.com

Self-exclusioners given permission to launch class action against BCLC

If a gambler self-excludes at a gambling venue, then manages to fool the system and returns to win big, should he or she be paid out?

That's one of the interesting questions that could emerge from a class action application by two Canadian gamblers which was approved Wednesday for trial by British Columbia Supreme Court Justice John Savage, according to a report in the Vancouver Sun.

Gamblers Hamidreza Haghdust and Michael Lee intend to launch class action litigation against the British Columbia Lottery Commission, claiming were denied their slot machine jackpots totalling Cdn$ 77,000 because they had signed voluntary self-exclusion agreements.

The BCLC says that its Voluntary Self-Exclusion (VSE) program specifies that if self-excluded gamblers still manage to play, no winnings will be paid out.

The duo spent about Cdn$200,000 and Cdn$30,000, respectively, going after the jackpots, and claim that the BCLC refusal to pay up is unconscionable and a breach of contract.

Justice Savage has not taken a position on either side, simply ruling that the class action should proceed and noting:

The claims of the class members raise common issues that could usefully be resolved in the format of a class proceeding. The class definition is appropriate and includes only those who have a common interest in determining whether the defendant's withholding of Jackpot prizes was a breach of contract or an unconscionable trade act or practice.

Lawyers for the duo have said there are many more people in a similar situation as their two clients, having signed agreements under BCLC's VSE Program, but have entered casinos and spent large amounts of cash only to be deprived of subsequent prizes.

A trial date has yet to be set.

Related News Tags: , ,



« News index »



NEKTAN IN DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH HIGH 5 GAMES

29th March, 2017 at 15:16:22
Significant development for Nektan.

UK COURT GREENLIGHTS BETSSON'S NETPLAY ACQUISITION (Update)

29th March, 2017 at 15:16:22
Deal expected to complete later this week.

WEST VIRGINIA ONLINE GAMBLING BILL MEETS EARLY OPPOSITION (Update)

25th March, 2017 at 08:38:18
HB3067 faces political and time constraints.

MARVEL GAMES TO DISAPPEAR FROM PLAYTECH OPERATOR SITES AT THE END OF MARCH

25th March, 2017 at 08:38:18
Many popular slot titles affected...but replacements are ready to go.

MORE DETAILS ON COSTA ONLINE GAMBLING LEGALISATION BILL IN PENNSYLVANIA (Update)

21st March, 2017 at 21:54:56
Senator Jay Costa introduces his bill SB524 with the support of three other senators.