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Justice Langstaff Throws Out Legal Challenge by British Casino Association

On June 12, 2007, a move to stop the government's plans to construct 17 new casino facilities was blocked by a High Court judge. The British Casino Association (BCA) said that the new casino facilities, like the Las Vegas style supercasino, would be unfair to the previous establishments, costing them around 120 million pounds annually in lost revenues.

Upon hearing all of the circumstantial evidence in the case at London's High Court, Justice Langstaff decided that the legal challenges made by the British Casino Association are inferior from all aspects.

The BCA, which represents about 90% of all current gaming organizations in the country, had contested the legality of a section of the Gambling Act which helped smooth the way for the new casinos.

However, Justice Langstaff ruled out that the Gambling Act of 2005 was properly drafted. The legal challenge was supported by 4 companies, the Gala Casinos Ltd, the Grosvenor Casinos Ltd, London Clubs International Ltd and Stanley Casinos Ltd.

These 4 companies operate 116 of the 138 active gambling casinos in Britain. The House of Lords voted against the supercasino plans, but the government still plans to pursue the policy.

A spokesperson for the Department of Culture, Media and Sports commented that they welcome the decision that the Gambling Act of 2005 was properly crafted.


06/25/2007 22:05 PM
Davis Coulter