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Czech – Government wins out in VLT ruling against Casino Kartáč

By - 25 January 2021

Czech casino owner Casino Kartáč has failed in its district court bid to overturn a government ruling over the operation of interactive video lottery terminals (VLTs).

The casino group had highlighted what it said were mistakes in the Czech Ministry of Finance’s process for giving out licences for VLTs and was hoping for CZK1.41bn (€53.8m) in compensation. In September, the Prague government voted to ban all slot machines.

The Prague 1 District Court rejected the claim, ruling that the ministry had followed national legislation

Minister of Finance Alena Schillerová said: “The internal legal team did an excellent job again and has already defended many billions of crowns in the state in protracted lawsuits with this company. The courts have repeatedly ruled in our favour, which confirms our strong legal position. In addition, by managing these disputes without the involvement of external law firms, we save the state considerable financial resources.”

The Prague Municipal Court of Appeal has already kicked out Casino Kartáč’s claim relating to the operation of online roulette in Prague.

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