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posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 10:41 PM
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and profits from it immensly, should you be able to sue them if your life falls apart?

cnews.canoe.ca...

24.69.78.93...

Gambling addict sues Ontario Lottery for billions

"The extent to which gaming officials are responsible for keeping gambling addicts out of casinos is at the heart of an eye-popping $3.5-billion lawsuit filed in Ontario by a man who blew through hundreds of thousands of dollars on slot machines.

In his suit against the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp., Peter Dennis argues gaming staff allowed him to keep gambling even though he had authorized them to stop him from entering casinos or throw him out if he went in anyway.

Dennis's inability to stay away from the slots had terrible consequences for him and his family, but senior gaming officials said blaming the "self-exclusion program" for his problems was both dangerous and misguided."

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Quite clearly, the Province has a liability here IMO.

[edit on 8-4-2009 by leo123]




posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 10:57 PM
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I have been thinking about this since I read the article on CBC earlier today.

What if Peter had won a half million when he was supposedly restricted. If the casino stated that he was not eligible to receive any winnings because of this, I can see the man taking the casino to court over it.

I can see the casino having to pay back all the money lost after he signed the restriction, but not 3 and a half billion.

I am torn on this one as to who is in the right, but Peter does suffer from a disease and that in itself is very sad..



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 11:18 PM
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Originally posted by tribewilder
I have been thinking about this since I read the article on CBC earlier today.

What if Peter had won a half million when he was supposedly restricted. If the casino stated that he was not eligible to receive any winnings because of this, I can see the man taking the casino to court over it.

I can see the casino having to pay back all the money lost after he signed the restriction, but not 3 and a half billion.

I am torn on this one as to who is in the right, but Peter does suffer from a disease and that in itself is very sad..


tribewilder:

I guess my question is, why was he even allowed back in after he voluntarily restricted himself?



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 11:20 PM
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Another scenario could be:

Cigarettes contain addictive and harmful chemicals.

If you get cancer should you be able to sue big tobacco?

[edit on 8-4-2009 by lastmanstanding]



posted on Apr, 9 2009 @ 12:05 AM
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He shouldn't have been allowed back in I agree.
My problem is that that law should never have been created. There are way too many laws these days.

Imagine if the same was created for an alcoholic.
The only way to enforce it would be to card everyone in the L.C.B.O. and that is just too "big brother" for me.

I don't have any solution to this problem and the Casino should be fined as the law was not enforced.

But not to the tune of 3.5 Billion..and yes I am going to say it.

If Peter got that much in a settlement without any sort of treatment, he would gamble it all away.

I'd bet on it


(Not trying to make light of the situation but I couldn't resist)



posted on Apr, 9 2009 @ 05:13 PM
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Its his OWN fault. No one forced him to go in and gamble all his money away! Its ridiculous. Sounds like someone whos just wanting to find someone to blame for his mistakes!

Yeah of course I do realise that gambling is highly addictive, I know several people who have had a problem with it in the past - but they stopped because of their family. End of.

People like this do need help, but sueing the gambling authority - MAD. And anyway, if he does win - he'll only go and spend it down the casino again, recoop their money!



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