A while back, Lotteritilsynet gave a cease-and-desist order. However, the operator has remained defiant. Norway accuses its subsidiary, Trannel, of allowing Norwegian customers to gamble on the platform in violation of Norway’s laws that promote a strict monopoly.
After the first accusation, the group headed to court, but its application was rejected by the Oslo District Court. Despite this, the group continued with its usual operations.
Lotteritilsynet Follows Through on Its Threat
When Lotteritilsynet realised that the operator was not stopping its operations in the country(both offline and online casinos), it followed through with the decision to impose a fine. The group is not willing to pay the fine, but rather to appeal the decision.
According to the CEO of Kindred, Henrik Tjärnström, the company is going to appeal the decision by Lotteritilsynet to impose a fine. In the meantime, it will continue to operate as usual until the legal process is completed and the matter is settled.
The CEO disputed that the gambling group had operations in Norway. According to him, the platform is licenced in Malta. However, Norwegian customers are free to join any foreign site that is covered by the current European economic legislation.
Despite the fact that the group has lost on its previous appeal, it is optimistic that it will get a positive result in the second attempt. The CEO believes that it is just the local courts that have made a ruling. Given the sensitivity of the issue at hand, it may be hard to get success with the first points of call. However, the organisation is optimistic that when the matter gets to higher courts, it may get a favourable response or at least a chance to put its points across.
About Kindred Group
Kindred Group is home to nine gambling brands that accept players from across the world. Each brand has a particular niche that it serves within the gambling industry. These brands include 32Red, Bingo.com, Casinohuone, Kolikkopelit, Mario Casino, Highroller, Unibet, Ottakasino and Vlad Casino.
With this huge number of brands, the Kindred Group is able to reach many markets around Europe, with many more gambling from restricted to countries like Norway. Market watchers will be keen to know how the appeal goes, as it will influence many offshore casinos.