888 to Appeal German Ruling Barring Services

Online betting giant 888 Holds is dispatching its lawyers to appeal a German court ruling that forbids online casino sites from offering services to punters within the state of Baden-Württemberg.

The court ruled that online operators without a German betting license cannot offer services to punters in the state. This is a detriment to 888, which gets a large portion of their revenues from the European country. To fight this, 888's legal team is filing a constitutional complaint with the Federal Constitutional Court that says the ruling "infringes its constitutional rights, as well as its rights under [European Union] law, (including the freedom to provide services), and hence should be reversed."

If the court doesn't rule in 888's favor, the company is prepared to leave the German market, as they indicated in an announcement recently.

A decision on the appeal will take some time, and Casino Listings News will keep our ears to the ground to keep readers informed on the results of the case.

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Obviously it's a matter of interpreting between the lawyers if 888 needs a German licence or not but for sure there's a 'costly' battle in front of the company to prove their point.