Court of Appeal to hand down decision in Compulsive Gambler exploitation test case

The NSW Court of Appeal will tomorrow hand down its decision on the claim by Mr Chris Reynolds against Katoomba RSL Club for losses resulting from his compulsive gambling.

Mr Reynolds is seeking to recover $57,000 of the money that he lost at Katoomba RSL Club between 1992 and 1994 while he was a compulsive gambler. The Club cashed personal, business and third party cheques for Mr Reynolds during this period to enable him to gamble.

Mr Reynolds claims that Katoomba RSL breached its duty of care to him to responsibly provide gaming services and exploited his vulnerability by assisting him with funds to gamble when it was apparent his gambling was compulsive and allowed him to gamble well beyond his means.

It is the first such case to be decided by the courts. It takes place against the background of increasing alarm about the manner in which gambling services are provided. Justice Powell will hand down the decision at 10 am on Thursday 20 September 2001 at the NSW Court of Appeal, Queen’s Square, Sydney.

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