Tipp24 AG: Tipp24’s online lottery brokerage still allowed in Berlin

Sep 24, 2008 12:21 PM

Tipp24 AG / Miscellaneous/Miscellaneous

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At the Administrative Court of Berlin, Tipp24 AG has recorded an important
victory in its fight against the new State Treaty on Gaming. The
Administrative Court decided against the federal state of Berlin, stating
that the central regulations of the State Treaty on Gaming did not apply to
commercial lottery brokers such as Tipp24 as they contained excessive
restrictions with regard to the freedom to provide services.

This applies explicitly also to the time after 1 January 2009. According to
the new State Treaty, which came into effect on 1 January 2008, online
lottery brokerage is to be completely forbidden from this date onwards.

The decision is the first verdict achieved by Tipp24 in principal
proceedings of an administrative court and thus of particular importance
for Tipp24. Following the administrative court’s verdict, Tipp24 still does
not require state permission in Berlin for the brokerage of state lotteries
with no more than two weekly draws. The obligation to seek permission and
the banning of online lottery brokerage were not compatible with the
freedom to provide services. Moreover, the court judged that the legal
requirement stating that lottery tips may only be submitted to the lottery
company of the federal state in which the player was located when
submitting the tip was disproportionate and inapplicable. Finally, the
court also declared that the legal restrictions placed on Tipp24’s
advertising inside and outside the internet contravened valid law. Tipp24’s
business model of receiving commission fees from state lotteries also
remains permissible: the prohibition of commission in Berlin’s law has no
legal validity (Administrative Court of Berlin, Case Number VG 35 A 15.08).

The federal state of Berlin can still appeal against the verdict. 

Additional information:
ISIN: DE0007847147
WKN: 784714
Trading: Official Market / Prime Standard; Frankfurt Stock Exchange
Registered office: Germany

Tipp24 AG       
Frank Hoffmann       
Investor Relations   
Tel.:  +49 40 32 55 33-142     
Fax:  +49 40 32 55 33- 5100  
E-mail: frank.hoffmann@tipp24.de     
Internet: www.tipp24-ag.de  

24.09.2008  Financial News transmitted by DGAP
Language:     English
Issuer:       Tipp24 AG
              Straßenbahnring 11-13
              20251 Hamburg
Phone:        +49 (0)40 325533-0
Fax:          +49 (0)40 325533-77
E-mail:       office@tipp24.de
Internet:     www.tipp24-ag.de
ISIN:         DE0007847147
WKN:          784714
Listed:       Regulierter Markt in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Freiverkehr
              in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, München, Stuttgart
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