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UPDATED August 19, 2013

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On January 8, 2013, the Supreme Court of British Columbia certified a class action against the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (“BCLC”).

Details of the Class Action

The class action alleges that BCLC wrongfully withheld payment of Jackpot Prizes from persons because of their participation in BCLC’s Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program (“VSE Program”).

This action seeks to recover the amount of the unpaid Jackpot Prizes with interest.  BCLC denies these allegations and is defending the action.

The class members include:

All present and former individuals who were refused payments by the BCLC of money they had won playing games of chance at a B.C. gaming facility because they had signed a Voluntary Self-Exclusion Form provided by the BCLC to exclude themselves from the gaming facilities for a set period of time.

Other information regarding the class action

Hamidreza Haghdust and Michael Lee have been appointed by the Court to act as the representatives of the Class. They have retained the law firm of Hordo Bennett Mounteer LLP to prosecute that action on behalf of the Class. If a Class member wishes to participate on his or her own behalf in this proceeding, he or she must make an application to the British Columbia Supreme Court.

The representative Plaintiffs have entered into a fee agreement with the lawyers for the Class that provides for the lawyers to be paid a percentage of up to 30% of the amount recovered for the Class plus disbursements. However, any fee will be reviewed by the Court to determine if it is fair. If the class action is unsuccessful, Class members will not be responsible for any legal fees or disbursements.

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