Problem Gambling Leads to Legal Action Against BetMGM
Individuals struggling with problem gambling often find themselves spending beyond their means and, in some cases, resort to criminal activities in order to finance their addiction. This was the case for a New York citizen who filed a lawsuit against leading gaming and betting operator BetMGM, claiming the company enticed him with lucrative bonuses despite his gambling addiction.
The plaintiff, Sam Antar, alleged that BetMGM breached the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act by enticing him with bonuses, ultimately leading to him losing nearly $30 million with the operator. However, the lawsuit was recently dismissed by the court, with US District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo ruling in favor of BetMGM, stating that the Casino Control Act supersedes the Consumer Fraud Act.
In her ruling, Judge Arleo emphasized that despite gambling addiction being recognized as a substance addiction disorder, the New Jersey legislature has not mandated casinos to prevent or stop inducing gambling in individuals exhibiting problem gambling behavior. Despite this setback, Antar intends to appeal the decision, as confirmed by his attorney, Matthew Litt, who expressed disappointment with the court’s ruling.
The case against BetMGM serves as a reminder of the complexities and legal challenges surrounding problem gambling and the responsibility of gambling operators to protect consumers. As the lawsuit continues, it raises important questions about the regulations and obligations of gambling entities in addressing and preventing problem gambling.