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Ladbrokes Loses Norway Court Case
Also in European betting developments, UK bookmaking firm Ladbrokes has lost its long-running court case in Oslo "against Norway's state monopoly betting & gaming laws," reported racingpost.co.uk. Ladbrokes applied for a betting licence in Norway in June 2004 but was turned down. Its subsequent lawsuit "argued it should be able to offer services in competition with the state-licensed monopoly under free & fair trade principles enshrined in the Treaty Of Rome". The case was referred to the European FTA court, which gave detailed responses to questions from the Norwegian court. However Ladbrokes spokesman John O'Reilly commented: "An initial reading suggests the Oslo court ruling has been very selective in applying the guidance given by the EFTA court & we are therefore actively considering an appeal." Elsewhere in Europe, Ladbrokes continues to pursue a number of other legal cases against state monopoly laws (including the Netherlands & Denmark).