Gambling Commission to consider the regulation of lottery-style betting products

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee last week published a report on society lotteries. Part of this report focused on a perceived blurring of the lines between betting and lottery products as a result of operators offering betting products, the results of which are determined by the outcomes of particular lotteries (with the exception of the National Lottery in relation to which bets cannot be taken). The Committee highlighted concerns that these products are creating confusion and diverting funds from good causes.


Free-to-air TV in the UK: more events may be protected

A change in government following the UK general election scheduled for this May could result in an increase in the number of UK sporting events whose rights are reserved for free-to-air television. Although such a move would prove immensely frustrating for any affected sporting bodies, there may be a reluctance to take legal action following recent unsuccessful challenges before the European courts. Moreover, for rival pay-tv broadcasters BT and Sky, a reduction in available sports rights means the removal of potentially significant opportunities to compete - opportunities they would vehemently defend. This article outlines the relevant legal framework, discusses the likely future changes and examines how a potential challenge may play out.

Employment tribunal finds commission should be included in holiday pay

An employment tribunal has ruled in the case of Lock v British Gas Trading Limited that the Working Time Regulations 1998 ("WTR") can and should be read to require employers to include commission paid to workers when calculating the rate of pay for the basic statutory four weeks' holiday entitlement.

Landmark judgment in Vidal-Hall et al v Google upheld

The Court of Appeal has upheld Justice Tugendhat's landmark judgment in Vidal-Hall et al v Google, which memorably classified the misuse of private information as a tort. The Court has also held that claimants may recover damages under the Data Protection Act 1998 for non-material loss.

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