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France Looks to Sell Half of Française des Jeux Lottery Via IPO

A cash-strapped French government is looking to sell off half of the Française des Jeux FDJ lottery via an initial public offering (IPO). It's part of a major privatization move that could put as much as $10 billion Euros ($12.8 billion) back in government coffers and constitutes a major shift in Euro government policy towards…

EU Ombusdman Says Gambling Complaints are ‘Not a Priority’

Across the European continent local governments have always acted aggressively when it comes to protecting their gambling monopolies and the tax revenue those monopolies generate. In theory, aggrieved operators have had the opportunity to take their complaints about these unfair trade practices to the European Commission in hopes of receiving some redress. With a recent…

Bet365 Moves Closer to Victory in EU Trademark Battle

How much control does Bet365 get to have over the word "bet" and the number "365"? It may seem like a trivial point to outsiders, but to gambling operators doing business in the incredibly competitive European online gambling market it's an incredibly big deal. That's why lawyers in the employ of the massive UK operator…

European Commission Completely Loses Interest in Online Gambling

The European Commission has, seemingly, completely lost its appetite for arbitrating trade disputes that involve online gambling. In a recent letter to member nations, the Commission stated that they'll not only not be getting involved in future infringement cases involving online gambling, but that they're dropping their involvement in all pending cases. The Commission will,…

EU Slaps Down Hungarian Online Gambling Taxes

The European Union's top court has ruled that Hungary's draconian online gambling licensing and tax scheme is in violation of the Union's laws regarding competition. In a ruling that came down late Thursday, the Court of Justice for the European Union (CJEU) determined that Hungary's rules were not transparent and would prevent other EU members from operating…