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Toronto Ontario Casino Gambling
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Enforcement of US Judgments for Gambling Debts in Ontario Canada

Our firm accepts instructions from Canadian and United States casinos to seek recognition in Ontario of casino gambling debts. Our lawyers can commence proceedings in Ontario to recover casino gambling debts or can bring recognition and enforcement proceedings to enforce casino gambling judgments from United States courts and the courts of other Canadian provinces.

Lawful foreign gambling debts are enforceable in Ontario. In Boardwalk Regency Corp. v. Maalouf, the Court of Appeal for Ontario held that the enforcement of foreign default judgments regarding gambling debts is not contrary to Ontario’s public policy.

Enforcement of Gambling Arbitration Awards

Gambling debts may have been adjudicated on in arbitration proceedings.  Certain provinces of Canada have adopted the New York Convention, which provides that participating Canadian provinces will enforce arbitration awards, subject to limited exceptions.  Other Canadian provinces have adopted the Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration. The lawyers at Gilbertson Davis LLP can assist individuals or companies with the enforcement, or resisting enforcement, of both domestic arbitration awards and international arbitration awards based on gambling debts.

Enforcement Experience

Gilbertson Davis LLP has lawyers who are experienced in determining whether or not a debtor has assets, the location of assets, whether they have been fraudulently conveyed or hidden, or dealt with by the debtor.  Some of our lawyers have experience in attacking fraudulent conveyance and preferences, including by using Ontario legislation such as the Assignments and Preferences Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. A.33; the Fraudulent Conveyances Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. F.2; and the Absconding Debtors Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. A.2.

Urgent Enforcement Remedies

Recovery of gambling debts may require urgent remedies, including disclosure of banking documents and freezing of assets.  Gilbertson Davis LLP can serve your need with lawyers who have experience with commencing urgent proceedings to obtain equitable relief, including to compel financial institutions to produce financial records, and to freeze bank accounts.

Our firm accepts instructions from commercial casino operators, government gaming corporations, racetracks, internet gaming companies.

Lottery Litigation

Lottery disputes may arise from:

  • Disputes over ticket ownership, including when people lose or mistakenly discard their winning ticket
  • Group lottery pools, including office lotto pools, including disputes about who is entitled to share in the jackpot

Our firm accepts instructions for individuals or groups who claim shares in lottery winnings, or who are defending claims against their lottery winning.

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