Spain's Codere Wins Appeal Against Online Gambling Firm Sportingbet

Published Saturday, March 10, 2012 -

Spain has been looking at regulating online gambling with a cautious view as legal wrangling regarding the turf has escalated to beyond the reasonable.
Codere the Spanish multinational company which is focused on the private gaming sector has once again started the legal wheels turning that may lead to even more lawyers making their fortunes. Codere which has a significant presence in eight countries around Europe and the Americas has been putting up legal battles ever since the Spanish government decided to regulates and license the online gambling industry in their country.

Codere has been saying the international online gambling operators have been negatively impacting the firm’s land based operations by offering services to Spanish gamblers without state authorization. A Madrid court recently ruled that shutting down Sportingbet’s Spanish-facing sites would be legally correct. Codere has won another victory that will set precedent in the murky legal world of online gambling within the European Union.
Codere’s legal team won the original compliant that removed Sportingbet’s and sites from the internet. Sportingbet appealed, posting a €2m bond while the court deliberated the validity of the appeal request. Madrid’s Mercantile Court No. 10 recently issued a ruling that “any offering of gaming or betting activity that has not been granted a prior administrative authorization is, indisputably, prohibited.”

Sportingbet is not the only onine gambling services provider that has come under the Codere legal attack. PokerStars has managed to stand off the complaints lodged by Codere in a Barcelona court. The court determined that PokerStars should not be held liable for not applying for licenses that did not exist at the time.
Codere is using the Madrid court’s  “indisputably prohibited” wording as gospel claiming it leaves no doubt as to how the rest of its cases will be determined. Codere maintains that the total sum the offshore online companies collectively owe the state coffers is “hundreds of millions of Euros.”



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