GBGA Loses In Court
Poker for Android has some legal news for you today. In one of our earlier articles about the GBGA legal battle against the new UK online gambling regulations we already explained the legal issues surrounding the new UK gambling Act. Yesterday, Lord Justice Green decided against the objections of the GBGA and now the regulations are ready to launch.
The GBGA Case
The GBGA filed a legal challenge against the new gambling regulations on the grounds that they were illegitimate, not fair, etc. They motived their case by stating that the new regulations, who state that all operators who want to operate in the UK should have a UK gambling license, was unlawful under EU and domestic law.
Their main eyesore was actually the 15 Point of Consumption Tax. The gambling tax on Gibraltar (GBGA stands for Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association) is 1% with a cap of a little over £400.000. In other words, a 15% PoC Tax in one of the most important online gambling markets is not something you want to pay.
The GBGA Case Decision
As mentioned, Lord Justice Green has reached a decision and the GBGA is probably not very happy with it. To summarize he decided the following:
- The new Act is not unlawful under EU law or UK domestic law.
- He rejected the claim that the new UK Gambling Act will lead to more illegal gambling and “perverse incentive” to start gambling.
- He also rejected the argument that the proposal for players to submit proof of ID by presenting a copy of a passport would lead to ill proportional costs for operators.
The GBGA responded to the decision by stating that they remain with the argument that the new Act is not in the best interest of the UK gamblers.
UK Gambling Act
To allow Lord Justice Green more time to reach a decision in the case described above the Act was postponed until November the first. Now the decision in the case is made the Act is back on track. The new UK (Gambling and Advertising) Act 2014 will come into force on the first, including the hated 15% Point of Consumption Tax.