Germany’s Federal Supreme Court (BGH) has rejected a claim for damages from two traders acting as intermediaries for sports betting operators, who had sought compensation on the basis that the regulations at the time constituted a breach of European law.

The claims were filed against two towns in Nordrhein-Westphalia and the federal state itself, with the plaintiffs claiming that the monopoly enforced by the State Commission on Gambling between 2006 and 2007 was not permitted under European Union law, making the ban on sports betting unlawful.

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