ECJ Supports Prohibition on Cross-border Gambling

Craig Pouncey and Lode Van Den Hende summarise the recent case of Liga Portuguesa de Futebol Profissional (CA/LPFP) and Bwin International Limited v Departamento de Jogos da Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa (Case 42/07), where the European Court of Justice upheld Portugal’s legislative restrictions on online gaming based in other EU jurisdictions, apparently endorsing a lottery monopoly there. The judgment is likely to have substantial implications for online gaming across the EU.

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