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Kindred starts legal action against Norwegian regulator

Norway’s regulatory body for gambling and lottery, has been accused of going beyond its legal remit in a court case brought by Trannel, a subsidiary of Stockholm-listed Kindred Group. The company’s governance has moved to file a lawsuit against the Norwegian authority after being banned from Apple’s App Store in the country.

The regulatory body had unfairly targetted its business services by blocking payment transfers and setting a ban on Kindred apps listed on the App Store.

The filing accuses Lotteritilsynet of imposing unfair restrictions on the operator, including the blocking of payments between its site and players, and sanctioning a ban on Kindred apps being listed in Apple App Store for Norway. This, Kindred claimed, went beyond its powers as a regulator.

At present, regulations only permit Norwegian customers to gamble with the state-owned entities Norsk Tipping or Norsk Rikstoto. However, some opt to place bets with international companies that do not hold a licence in the country.

This year the Norwegian government has stepped up efforts to drive unlicensed operators from the market, unveiling proposals to begin blocking transactions to these sites in April this year. This was followed by an agreement with Apple to remove unlicensed operators’ apps from the App Store, following a request from Lotteritilsynet.

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