On 28 September 2011, the Federal Court of Justice decided that the prohibition of internet gambling which is stipulated in the German State Treaty on Gambling (Glücksspiel-Staatsvertrag) is lawful. Even though the State Treaty on Gambling is in force since 1 January 2011, several national and international companies continued advertising and offering internet gambling services to German players. The German public lottery companies as national monopolists raised actions against these providers. The Federal Court of Justice has now ruled in favour of the public lottery companies. In his decision the court states that although the prohibition of internet gambling restricts the Community rules on freedom to provide services such restrictions are inter alia justified on grounds of the protection of minors and addiction prevention.
Further information is available at http://juris.bundesgerichtshof.de/cgibin/rechtsprechung/document.py?Gericht=bgh&Art=pm&Datum=2011&Sort=3&nr=57730&pos=0&anz=150