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Australian Gambling Addict Case Reaches End

9 August 2002

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the Australian Associated Press: "A problem gambler who lost a world-first case aimed at making clubs responsible for his wagers has reached the end of the road in his legal battle.

"Former milkman Chris Reynolds today failed to gain leave to appeal to the High Court, Australia's highest court.

"Mr Reynolds sued the Katoomba RSL Club in the NSW Blue Mountains, for nearly $57,000 in compensation, claiming it failed to prevent him gambling away thousands of dollars.

"Today, the High Court refused him special leave to appeal to the court because of a lack of evidence available from previous hearings.

"…Mr Reynolds argued the club had breached its duty of care by cashing personal, business and third-party cheques, as well as giving him credit between 1992 and 1994.

"When that court ruled in December 1999 that Mr Reynolds was a free citizen and responsible for his own actions, he took the case to the Court of Appeal.

"The NSW Court of Appeal in September last year dismissed his case that the club had been negligent and ordered him to pay costs.

"High Court Chief Justice Murray Gleeson and Justice Kenneth Hayne today ruled out a further appeal.

"`The court is of the view that on the facts from the lower court there is insufficient evidence' available for another appeal to succeed, Justice Gleeson said.

"…Solicitors for Mr Reynolds at the time of his original appeal to the NSW Court of Appeal were disappointed by the decision, saying the case was the first of its kind to be run anywhere in the world…"

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