A Canadian sports betting app has been locked down for more than a week as a federal judge rules it violates the country’s gambling laws.
The Canadian Games and Leisure Association says it has no plans to appeal the ruling and has called the case a victory for consumers.
The ruling was handed down Wednesday morning by Justice Charles Bremner in Quebec Superior Court.
Bremners decision comes as the legal case is moving forward.
The lawyer representing the company says he expects to win a preliminary injunction to prevent the closure of the app.
“We’re going to try to get it back in as soon as possible, so that’s the goal,” said lawyer Marc Lavigne.
The company, which has a small team of lawyers, is offering users the chance to withdraw from a pool of over $20 million at a time.
The court order says users must deposit $100 per day.
The first batch of withdrawals was made on Oct. 6 and were limited to $1,000, then $50 per day and $25 per day for each subsequent withdrawal.
The app also requires users to pay a $25 deposit to receive access to its gambling app.
It also says the withdrawal limit is 10 per cent of the amount they had to deposit.
In a statement, CGSAA says the app has over 3 million users and that the withdrawal limits have not been exceeded.
The group says it was unaware of the ruling until the injunction was handed out.
It says it is appealing.
A lawyer for CGS AA says he’s confident in the legal argument, but that the decision is the correct one.
“They have the power to say they’re not violating any gambling laws, they can’t do that, so they’re right.
But the question is: why would they do that?” said John Gaultier, who represents the Canadian Games Association.
“I’m confident that they’re going for the best interests of the consumers and not the gambling industry.”
He says he is disappointed with the ruling.
“It’s disappointing and I’m disappointed in the court,” he said.
Gaultiers lawyer, Charles Leduc, says the case is about the right to gamble and not about protecting the profits of the gambling operators.
“The court’s decision, as far as I’m concerned, is not a decision on the validity of the casino.
It’s a decision about the rights of gambling consumers,” he told CBC News.