Greek casino resort launches litigation claiming that Dragonfish site breaches EU law
Greece, a nation known in the past for its government's hostility to online gambling and indeed any competition to entrenched local interests, became the scene this week for litigation between a land casino and an internet gambling site.
Powered by Dragonfish/Cassava in the group, the Gibraltar-licensed online casino found itself, and its marketing provider Master Media, targeted by a legal complaint launched by the Mount Parnes Casino Resort in Dytiki Elada, Greece, and claiming that the internet enterprise contravened European Union laws.
The focus of the litigation is on advertising, and specifically billboards advertising extensively in Greece and the Balkan states.
It appears from local media reports that the Greek government and judicial system has backed the Parnes complaint, ordering that because the internet casino accepts wagers from Greek citizens illegally, having no licence or authorisation from the Greek authorities to do so, the advertising on Greek soil must be withdrawn, and will not be permitted going forward.
Master Media Systems was additionally fined Euro 3 000, to be applied in respect of each case where the advertisement appears.