Belgium Waits For June Ruling On Bwin Blacklist Lawsuit

Gambling sites named and shamed on Belgium’s blacklist are keeping a close eye on a legal battle between Bwin and the Belgian state that lawyers say will set an “important precedent” for how the fledgling market is regulated.

The Belgian state has requested €300,000 a day from Bwin as part of a counter-claim against the Austrian betting firm, which is suing over the Belgian Gaming Commission’s decision to include it on a 30-strong blacklist of unlicensed gambling sites.

The counter-claim and daily penalty are designed to force Bwin to stop all online activities aimed at Belgian inhabitants, reimburse Belgian player funds and publish the court decision (in English, French and German) on its Belgium-facing websites.

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