The Court Rejected The Atlantic Lottery Corp Application To Cancel A Collective Claim
Video solotrey terminals (vlt) will send an atlantic lottery corporation to the canadian court. The claim can provoke problems for vlt operations across the country.
The appeal court of newfoundland and labrador rejected the attempts of the atlantic lottery corporation (alc) to block a collective claim, excited by opponents of vlt alc operations in the four marine provinces of canada.
In the claim that was filed in 2012 and was recognized as a collective claim last year, it is argued that vlt is «fraudulent in their essence, causing addiction and dangerous when used by appointment». Vlt violate the criminal code of canada, because the criteria for slot machines, lotteries or other «honest gambling».
The claim also states that vlt is used «fraudulent» algorithms that are designed to create «cognitive distortions» with regard to the chance of the client to win. The compilers of the claim also add that these algorithms are simply a technologically updated version of the tricks used by street traders offering card tricks.
Also the claims contain the accusation that vlt is used «subconscious flashes» for creating «a dangerous dissociative mental state at which players are not able to make rational solutions».
To the two plaintiffs – douglas babstoku and fred small – up to 30 thousand other vlt players in the group lawsuit can join. If it is possible to prove that vlt violates the criminal code, similar judicial processes can be initiated against other provincial gambling monopolies throughout the country.
The company has the opportunity to appeal the decision in the supreme court of canada, buther this opportunity will take advantage of. Alc launched its first vlt in 20000 machines located in local bars and restaurants. Revenue from the operation of these machines amounted to 439 million canadian dollars ($ 327 million) for the last fiscal year.
In the neighboring quebec, the gambling monopoly loto-quebec began to reduce the number of its vlt last year, planning to reduce the total number of installed cars from 12 thousand. Up to less than 10 thousand.
Recall that almost 50% of the income of the canadian state operator loto-québec – from lottery. Similar indicators of income from gambling in quebec province were recorded last year.