King’s Resort has won the first round of its lawsuit against Facebook. The casino operator contends the social media giant allowed King’s Resort branding to be used falsely on an online gaming advertisement.
A court in Prague has found that the Czech courts have jurisdiction to handle the case. “Most lawsuits against Facebook are handled in Ireland, where Facebook’s headquarters are located,” the casino operator said in a statement on its website, adding that the ruling was “a big advantage for King’s”.
King’s Resort initially filed a complain with Facebook as a result of the advertisement. However, after this was not addressed, King’s Resort owner Leon Tsoukernik filed a lawsuit in April seeking CZK500m (EUR19.6m) in damages.
“It was also found that the allegedly illegal advertising for the online gaming app did not include a reference to gambling addiction prevention. All Czech casinos are obliged to include this notice in their advertising and on their homepages,” King’s Resort added.