Camelot claim rebuffed

Camelot claim rebuffed

Friday, March 9, 2012

Lottery operator Camelot has had its claim against the legality of Richard Desmond's rival Health Lottery rebuffed by the Gambling Commission. According to an article in The Times newspaper, the Commission criticised the time it had taken Camelot to lodge a formal challenge, saying "[Camelot] had not brought its claim within the three month time limit imposed for judicial review and has made no effort to act promptly... to the extent that [Camelot] has sought to evade the self-evident delay issue by characterising the proposed claim as one against a continuing failure to suspend or revoke the licences, this is manifestly artifical."

Camelot, who recently admitted that Desmond's lottery had cost it about £1m per week in sales, had argued that the Health Lottery had sought to side-step rules protecting the National Lottery's monopoly.

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