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.
Trannel initiated the lawsuit in the context of regulator Lotteri-og Stiftelsestilsynet (Lotteritilsynet) ordering the subsidiary to cease offering services in the jurisdiction. Neither Trannel nor its parent company has a licence to operate in Norway, which operates under a monopoly model.
After the initial ruling, Trannel complained to the Ministry of Culture and Gender Equality regarding alleged violations of the Gambling Act. Once the appellate body came to the same decision as the regulator, Kindred launched the lawsuit against the state.
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 ..