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IGT sues UK Gambling Commission

IGT sues UK Gambling Commission

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The legal battle for control of the UK National Lottery has been revived by Camelot‘s technology partner, International Game Technology (IGT), as the company is now suing the Gambling Commission under European human rights laws.

The business argues the regulator’s decision to award the fourth lottery license to the Czech-owned Allwyn gaming group has cost its “marketable goodwill,” reports The Times.

Allwyn, a subsidiary of Czech-based gaming giant Sazka, was last year selected by the regulator and awarded a 10-year contract worth $80m. 

But IGT asserts that the licence award threatens its ‘marketable goodwill’, and that the UKGC is violating Article 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), as well as the European Union’s Human Rights Act.

Victory for IGT, which runs the lottery ticket machines at newsagents, supermarkets and garages, could lead to a damages award of up to £600m ($714m), payable from the National Lottery’s good causes fund, according to The Times.