Toronto Lawyer Michael D. Lipton, Q.C. Speaks to CBC News about Online Gambling

March 26, 2015
In “Online Gambling: Is it even Legal?” Toronto Lawyer Michael D. Lipton, Q.C. talks to CBC News about the legal issues that surround online gambling in Canada, particularly the legality of offshore sites accepting bets from Canada as well as what the law says about bets made by Canadians.

“As far as I’m concerned, you as a player aren’t committing any criminal offence by being in a position where you are engaged with an offshore operator playing poker, playing slots, or whatever the case may be,” he says.

The trickier part of the equation is the legality of offshore operators taking bets from Canada. That part of the law hasn’t been tested yet in court. Until offshore gambling has its day in court, uncertainty will linger over its legal status. Mr. Lipton, however, says other cases, for issues such as copyright protection, show that foreign operators that maintain a substantial connection to Canada can be found to be violating Canadian law.

Michael D. Lipton, Q.C. is a Partner in the firm’s Toronto office. He has served as senior counsel on several gaming law matters including advising on Requests for Proposals from government to operate commercial and charitable casinos and advising applicants who seek registration with various Gaming Regulatory Authorities throughout Canada. He regularly represents governments within Canada on gaming law matters as well as gaming equipment manufacturers and suppliers, gaming software manufacturers and Internet gaming operators in all aspects of gaming law on a global basis.

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