Video Lottery Terminal Class Action Cannot Go Forward, Supreme Court Says


The Supreme Court of Canada says that a class action lawsuit against video lottery terminals cannot be pursued.The High Court overturned a decision by the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal that paved the way for a class action lawsuit that said Atlantic Lottery Corp.’s VLT games. were inherently deceptive, addictive and illegal under the Criminal Code.

The action included up to 30,000 people in Newfoundland and Labrador who paid the company to play video games anytime after April 2006.

The main plaintiffs, retirees Douglas Babstock and Fred Small, claimed damages equal to the alleged illegal gain obtained by the lottery company from the income of VLT.

The company said the plaintiffs could not show that VLT games fell under the Criminal Code’s ban against three-card betting – a game in which a player attempts to follow one of three cards through a series of manipulations and then bet on its ability. to locate the map.

In today’s ruling, the Supreme Court overturned the certification order and struck out the statement in its entirety.


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