St. John’s, NL (January 4, 2017) – The Supreme Court, Trial Division handed down a decision on Friday certifying a class action against Atlantic Lotto Corporation (ALC). The class action involves an estimated 30,000 players of line games on video lottery terminals (VLTs) in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The suit alleges that unlike other forms of legalized gambling, VLT line games are designed to deceive players. ALC deceptively generates tens of millions of dollars from VLTs each year and hands over most of the profits to the province. VLTs cause over twice the rate of problematic gambling compared to other forms of legalized gambling.
“These games have been cheating Newfoundlanders for many years”, says Doug Babstock of St. John’s, one of the representative plaintiffs. “ALC will finally have to answer for their cheating in court.”
Ches Crosbie, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, says the social cost in bankruptcy and broken families caused by the systematic cheating of tens of thousands of residents far outweighs any benefit to government. “There are honest ways to raise revenue”, he states. “This is not one of them.”
Allegations made in the suit have not yet been proven in court.
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