Kindred loses lawsuit over Norway fines, but plans to appeal
| By Zak Thomas-Akoo
Trannel, the business behind online sportsbook and casino Unibet, a subsidiary of Kindred Group, has lost its lawsuit against the Norwegian state – related to its presence in the country – in Oslo district court, but will appeal the decision.
Lotteritilsynet initially made the decision to stop Kindred brands Unibet, Mariacasino, Storspiller and Bingo doing business on 5 April 2019. After the order the gaming group was threatened with a daily fine of NOK 1.2m (£99,447/€118,649).
Director general of the NGA, Atle Hamar, commented on the outcome: “The verdict confirms that the authority’s decision to stop the illegal gambling offer was correct. We now expect Trannel to withdraw from the Norwegian market.”
However, Kindred remains defiant. In a statement it said: “We take note that the Oslo District Court has not accepted our arguments that there is a lack of legal basis for the cease and desist order. We continue to dispute and will appeal as we seek to deliver a free, open, competitive and safe gambling environment in Norway.”
The business added that it believed the best long-term solution was abandonment of the monopoly model.
“We continue to believe that a transparent and objective licensing regime is the only way to obtain a well-functioning gambling market that balances consumer entertainment and consumer protection. We will continue to work towards this goal.”