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    Ex-lawyer sues casinos over gambling compulsion
    By MarketWatch
    Last update: 5:35 a.m. EDT March 9, 2008

    TEL AVIV (MarketWatch) - A former lawyer and media commentator who lost nearly $1 million from gambling is claiming in a lawsuit that the casinos at which she played had a duty to notice her compulsion and to stop her, the Associated Press reported.
    Arelia Margarita Taveras filed a $20 million racketeering suit in U.S. District Court in New Jersey. The suit names six casinos in New Jersey and one in Las Vegas as defendants.
    Taveras told AP that the casinos' staffers saw her gambling for days without eating or sleeping and that "they had a duty of care to me."
    The casinos deny that they did anything wrong. AP reported that the casinos responded to the lawsuit by saying that Taveras caused her own problems.
    Attorneys told AP that Taveras, a New Yorker who now works at a call center in Minnesota, would have a difficult time proving her allegations.
    The news service also quoted Arnie Wexler, a former head of the Council on Compulsive Gambling in New Jersey, as saying that gambling "is the most powerful addiction you can have without putting something into your body."

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    Most likely she does not have a case. A duty of care is usually attributed to physical states so a shopkeeper has a duty of care to a customer to keep the premises safe. A landlord has a duty of care to keep the premises safe for his guests and even a duty of care (although lower) to those who are not invited onto the property. A psychologist and a doctor has a duty of care to make sure that his patient is safe and that nothing is done on the doctor's or psychologist's behalf to make the patient's condition worse. However, when it comes to addiction, people ...

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