German Court Says Lottery Cartel Violates Anti-Trust Laws

The Higher Regional Court in Dusseldorf has upheld an earlier ruling of August 2006 that the Deutscher Lotto - und Totoblock's regionalised division of the German lottery market constitutes a violation of both European and German law.

The German Federal Cartel Office ruled last year that the agreement between the 16 state monopoly lottery operators in German to restrict their operations purely to their own regions to avoid entering into competition with one another represented an illegal cartel, in contravention of both German and European anti-trust laws.

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