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High Court backs William Hill in gambling debt claim
William Hill v Calvert
This is the latest case following the House of Lords decision in Customs and Excise Commissioners v. Barclays Bank Plc to consider when a duty of care will arise in respect of pure economic loss. It is unsurprising that no general duty of care was found to exist towards problem gamblers, although a specific duty of care did arise in the particular circumstances of the case.
However, that specific duty of care was of a very limited nature - it extended only to taking reasonable care to prevent the claimant from gambling by telephone, and did not extend to all forms of gambling offered by the defendant.
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