Czech Republic’s King’s Resort wins first round of Facebook lawsuit
| By Marese O'Hagan
Czech casino operator King's Resort has won the first round of its lawsuit against Facebook, which claimed that the social media giant allowed King's Resort branding to be used falsely on an online gaming advertisement.
In a win for King’s Resort, a court in Prague has ruled that the Czech courts have jurisdiction to handle the case. Generally, most lawsuits against Facebook are managed in their headquarters in Ireland.
An initial complaint was filed to Facebook as a result of the advertisement. However, when this was not addressed, King’s Resort owner Leon Tsoukernik filed a lawsuit claiming CZK 500,000,000 (£16.6m/€19.6m/$23.1m) worth of damages in April.
In addition, the false advertisement did not include a reference to gambling addiction prevention. It is a requirement for all Czech casinos to include such references on their advertisements and online homepages.