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Video Lottery Terminal Class Action

A Letter from Ches: This Change Means We Have Your Best Interest at Heart

The lawyers at Ches Crosbie Barristers believe focus is important.

Ches Crosbie Barristers is the only law firm in Newfoundland and Labrador that exclusively helps clients with personal injuries. This unique, in-depth experience allows Ches Crosbie Barristers to get the best possible outcome for clients and their families.

Detailed knowledge of personal injury law means that the CCB team can guide clients through the legal process and keep them well-informed along the way. Injured clients don’t have to stress or worry about their claims. Instead, they can concentrate on getting their lives back.

For years, I, Ches Crosbie, have focused on medical malpractice and class action cases. Lawyers Darlene Russell, Pamela Taylor, and Jessica Dellow have been helping the majority of motor vehicle accident clients at Ches Crosbie Barristers.

In celebration of focus and our 25 years of practice together, we have all decided to concentrate on performing the jobs we do best.

This means that I will continue to do medical malpractice and class actions at my separate renamed law firm, Patient Injury Law. Current clients can expect things to proceed in exactly the same way as before. My new address is:

Patient Injury Law

36 Quidi Vidi Rd

St. John's, NL

A1A 1C1

My new email address is [email protected] My phone numbers are (709) 700-0338 and 1-888-933-2437 toll free.

Darlene, Pamela, and Jessica will carry on helping car accident clients under the name Ches Crosbie Barristers. I have every confidence that they will continue to do a superb job. Clients can rest assured that they are unaffected by this transition.

My promise has always been to provide the best possible legal representation and personal service. I continue to follow through on this promise.

Sincerely,

Chesley F. Crosbie QC

What is the VLT Class Action?

In 2012, the VLT Class Action was brought by Douglas Babstock and Fred Small against Atlantic Lottery Corporation Inc., a private business corporation in which the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador has a 25% shareholding. The class action is on behalf of all residents of Newfoundland and Labrador who have gambled on VLTs.

Video lottery terminals or VLTs are a form of continuous electronic gambling which differs from lotteries in that they are electronically programmed to create cognitive distortions of the perception of winning. These cognitive distortions are intended to keep the consumer engaged and losing money. The class action claims that VLTs are inherently deceptive, inherently addictive, and inherently dangerous when used as intended.

Plaintiffs believe that Atlantic Lotto knows or ought to know that VLTs are inherently deceptive, inherently addictive, and inherently dangerous when used as intended. Instead, it has embarked on a "responsible gaming strategy" with messages to consumers which place the onus of responsibility for control and the resulting harm from loss of control on consumers. The purpose of this message strategy is to blame consumers for problem gambling and divert attention from the fact that problem gambling is a natural result of design features of the VLT.

What Has Happened So Far in the VLT Class Action?

The certification hearing was split into two stages. The first stage was argued on June 6 and 7, 2014 and the judge’s reasons were released on October 1, 2014. Plaintiffs won stage one about whether a cause of action is disclosed. 

The second stage of certification will be heard at the end of September 2015, and involves whether a class action is the preferable procedure, and whether there are issues common to class members which will move the action forward once resolved.

Certification determines whether the action can proceed as a class action, and is a very important event. Without certification as a class action, grouping together a large number of individual claims, the VLT case is impractical to be taken by any individual consumer and cannot be prosecuted.

Have You Been Affected by VLTs in Newfoundland and Labrador?

If you think you may be eligible to join the class action, contact Ches Crosbie.