Affiliate Edge is a casino affiliate program that has seemingly changed ownership where the program went from one of the best to rogue in a short period of time. There are many documented cases of webmasters that are not happy with Affiliate Edge and one of those affiliate sites was onlinecasinoreviewer.com (OCR) which decided to take the affiliate program to court over commission disputes.
Here's the story and a quick summary from OCR and you can read their report here.
After taking legal advice from our solicitors we are now able to state the outcome of the Stay Application from ITC Limited, which was heard at Trowbridge and Chippenham Law Courts on the 19th December 2017.
Unfortunately the news is not good. Due to an arbitration clause in the Terms and Conditions of the CWC Affiliates / Affiliate Edge agreement, our claim against Interactive Technology Corporation was ‘Stayed’ with the full court order stating the following:
- The Court stays the proceedings pursuant to it’s incorrect jurisdiction pending any arbitration as raised in the claim form.
- The claimant do pay the Defendant’s costs of the application assessed at £10,000 + VAT.
I will add that ITC’s barrister requested the hearing be held in private, hence the length of time it has taken whilst getting legal advice as to what I can or cannot say publicly.
I will also add that we will not be pursuing the arbitration route as the advice we have received indicated that the costs involved could be upwards of £50,000 or more should we lose. For a disputed amount of less than £5,000 this does not make commercial sense.
NB: To reiterate, the above information disclosed has been vetted and approved by our solicitors to do so.
Ouch! So OCR went to court over a dispute with Interactive Technology Corporation Limited which is the company behind of Affiliate Edge and not only was the case thrown out but OCR was forced to pay for legal costs so not only have they lost their commissions, they've been slapped harder with legal costs.
CasinoMeister made a sizable donation to help offset the legal costs of OCR and it was followed up by ThePOGG starting a campaign to ask other affiliates to chip in and it was maybe 24 hours before the remaining 5900 was covered. CasinoBonusesNow was also one of the sites that have made a contribution.
It is unfortunate OCR has endured this setback but they should be respected as the first affiliate to take a program to court over unfair terms and commissions owed.
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