The Federal Court of Justice has clarified an earlier court ruling which established that casinos have a contractual obligation to take ‘reasonable efforts’ to ensure that slot machine players are not self-excluded gamblers, who may be reimbursed with their losses if casinos fail to fulfil this duty. However, the Federal Court has said that compensation is not due in cases that precede the establishment of the casinos’ duty of care in the December 2005 ruling. The Federal Court of Justice last week ruled that German casinos are effectively obliged to monitor the identity of all slot machine gamblers in order to be able to deny access to any self-excluded customers.
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