Swedish court upholds gambling regulator's injunctions

The Administrative Court of Linköping, Sweden, has rejected a large number of appeals relating to actions by the country's gambling regulator, which were aimed at preventing the promotion of unlicensed offshore gambling websites.

Gambling regulator Lotteriinspektionen has worked to prevent Swedish media from promoting unlicensed online gambling operations through online banners and links, prompting numerous legal challenges by the media.

The regulator's injunctions aimed at preventing linking to offshore sites have previously been upheld by numerous Swedish courts, including the Supreme Court.

Under section 38 of the Lottery Act (1994: 1000), it is prohibited to promote participation in a lottery (gambling) organised outside the country for professional purposes, or otherwise for acquisition purposes. The country’s new Gambling Act (2018: 1138) includes a corresponding prohibition on the promotion of unauthorised games (Chapter 19, Section 2).

The regulator said Tuesday that the Linköping court has now rejected a large number of appeals against its injunctions, ruling that they comply with both Swedish and European Union law.

The court rejected the appeals of Sörmlands Media, Norrköpings Tidningars Media, Svenska Dagbladet, Skellefteå AIK Hockey, Norra Västerbotten Tidningsaktiebolag, Stampen Lokala Medier, Herenco I.T., Hall Media, Norrköpings Tidningars Aktiebolag, Östgöta Media, Laholms Tidning, and MittMedia.

All must now cease providing links to offshore gaming sites or face financial penalties.

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