Serious About Norway
The European gambling monopolies are still causing issue is Scandinavia but a
handful of the foreign companies are not willing to take no for an answer. The
media lately has been full of instances where the online casinos and gambling
companies force their way into the blocked markets as a way to make a statement
– even if that means a legal battle in the future. Just earlier this month
Stanleybet challenged the Greek land betting monopoly by opening up a bookie
shop in the country. Unibet consistently challenges the Swedish online casino
gambling monopoly, Svenske Spel, despite the fact that Swedish authorities are
taking the issue to the high courts. The most recent news is from Ladbrokes, the
company announced it will go all the way through the courts for the right to
hold a Norwegian land and online casino gambling market.
Ladbrokes lost a ruling in the Norwegian courts just recently and there were a
few in the industry who doubted that the land and online casino gambling group
would appeal the ruling and take the battle through the courts. But they were
wrong, Ladbrokes just announced that the company will appeal the court ruling
that upholds the Norwegian gambling monopoly on internet gambling.
Ladbrokes, like many online casino gambling companies in the UK and Europe,
firmly believes that the monopolistic gambling laws in place in Norway and other
countries are in direct defiance of EU policies regarding the free trade of
goods and services between EU member states. For that reason Ladbrokes is
confident that it will eventually win the case and the right to hold a Norwegian
license – even if that means taking this case all the way to the top court in
the EU, the European Court of Justice.