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Hillside (New Media) Limited v. Bjarte Baasland

England and Wales High Court, Queens Bench Division, Commercial Court
2010 EWHC 3336 (Comm) (2010)


Facts

Hillside (New Media) Limited (plaintiff) was an English company that accepted casino and sports wagers online. Bjarte Baasland (defendant) was a Norwegian citizen who placed bets on Hillside’s website. The terms and conditions of the website did not contain a choice of law provision but did state that the wagers were considered to be placed in England. Baasland lost a significant amount of money on Hillside’s website. Baasland threatened litigation against Hillside, asserting various claims and stating that Norwegian law governed. Hillside brought suit in England, seeking a declaratory judgment that English law applied and that Hillside was not liable under English law. Hillside moved for summary judgment.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Smith, J.)

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