The decision to uphold national legislation restricting internet gambling to a national monopoly is not consistent with the ideals of a single market, says Paul Stanley

Internet gambling is big business, and in recent years it has proved good business for lawyers too. In Case C–42/07 Liga Portuguesa de Futebol Profissional (Grand Chamber, 8 September 2009), the ECJ upheld the right of Portugal to prohibit internet suppliers established in other member states offering their services in Portugal.

The case concerned the activities of Bwin International Ltd, an online gambling undertaking registered in Gibraltar, with its servers in Gibraltar and Austria. It offered a wide range of games of chance including betting, casino-type games, and bingo-type games. All contact was via the internet (or by telephone), and payments were made electronically. Bwin sponsored the Liga, which was the body responsible ...

Jean Yves


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