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Guarding against a Trust's Destruction by Merger

A trust is not a trust if the “trustee” alone holds legal title to the subject property and alone possesses the entire beneficial/equitable interest. Instead, he owns the subject property outright and free of trust, all...more

Kentucky Update: Instant Racing

While the Kentucky legislature continues to debate the issue of expanded gaming without progress, two Kentucky horse racing tracks – Kentucky Downs and Ellis Park – offer their patrons “Instant Racing”, or wagering on...more

New Nevada Bill Would Allow for Interstate Gaming Compacts

A bill has been introduced in the Nevada General Assembly, on behalf of the state’s State Gaming Control Board, that would allow for the state governor to enter into interstate gaming compacts with other states. This...more

N.J. Again Passes Online-Poker Bill; Decision Now in Governor’s Hands

New Jersey could soon become the third state to legalize online gaming within its borders. Its State Senate on December 20, 2012, voted 33-3 to legalize online poker in the state. The General Assembly had previously approved...more

Gaming Legal News - November 8, 2012 • Volume 5, Number 24: The Aftermath Of The U.S. 2012 Election: Is Federal I-Poker...

The final verse has been written for the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election. That verse reads simply as a surprising status quo from the last two years: Barack Obama retains his job in the White House and Congress remains...more

Reid-Kyl Bill Would Legalize Online Poker at Federal Level

A draft of the online poker bill that Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) plan to introduce was released this week. The bill, known as the “Internet Gambling Prohibition, Poker Consumer Protection, and...more

Internet Gambling Prohibition, Poker Consumer Protection, and Strengthening UIGEA Act of 2012

Reid-Kyl Draft iPoker and iGaming Prohibition Bill Leaked -- "Internet Gambling Prohibition, Poker Consumer Protection, and Strengthening UIGEA Act of 2012" A copy of the Kyl-Reid draft bill on Internet poker enabling...more

Winter Olympics in Russia Set Stage for FCPA Scrutiny

With the conclusion of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the world’s eyes will soon turn to Sochi, the Black Sea resort city in Russia, which will host the 2014 Winter Olympics. In addition to serving as the backdrop for...more

When is Gambling Not Gambling? An Examination of United States v. DiCristina

On August 21, 2012, the federal district court for the Eastern District of New York, in United States v. DiCristina, No. 11-CR-414, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 118037 (E.D.N.Y.) (“DiCristina”), set aside Defendant’s conviction...more

Another Step Toward Loosening Gambling Restrictions

On August 21, 2012, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York held that poker is a game of skill and thus running a poker game or business is not subject to federal prosecution under the federal Illegal...more

Gaming Alert – Eastern District of New York Rules Poker Is Not Gambling Under IGBA

In a decision that could have a significant impact on distressed gaming companies, Judge Jack B. Weinstein of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York ruled on Tuesday that poker does not constitute...more

Fulltilt’s U.S. Players Face Complex Claims Process

The following is reprinted with the consent of Gambling Compliance. PokerStars will pay a total of $731m to settle a civil case with the U.S. Department of Justice and rescue former rival Full Tilt Poker from oblivion,...more

New Jersey Sued Over Sports Betting

Following the DOJ decision reversing its position on the scope of the Wire Act, some states have moved forward with legislation to permit certain forms of intrastate gambling. New Jersey, along with Nevada, have been among...more

Department of Justice Enters Historic Agreement with Poker Stars, Full Tilt Poker

Full Tilt Poker, Poker Stars, and the U.S. Department of Justice announced today that Poker Stars will acquire Full Tilt Poker’s assets in a transaction that ends the DOJ’s civil forfeiture case against Full Tilt. Both Full...more

Act 1, Scene 1: FCPA Hits Hollywood

Let’s add a new industry to the list of FCPA industry sweeps. Is anyone surprised? If I worked at DOJ or the SEC, I would simply take a look at those significant industries entering China and launch an industry-wide...more

Don’t Bet on Online Gambling; But Online Trivia for Prizes?

The Texas Attorney General issued an opinion yesterday concluding the mere payment of an entry fee to participate in a contest that tests skill or speed, and that does not involve an element of chance, could be found not to...more

Indictments of Megaupload Are a Greater Threat to Web Users Than Piracy

In last week’s Megaupload indictment, the U.S. government has raised the debate over copyright infringement on the Web to a whole new level – treating the operators of one of the most popular sites on the Internet as if they...more

New DOJ Opinion Paves Way to Legal Online Poker

On December 23, 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice revealed that it has reversed a long-held position by stating that the Wire Act applies only to sports betting. This marks a major change in policy for DOJ, which has long...more

December 16, 2011 - The Federal Crimes Watch Daily

The Federal Crimes Watch Daily is a daily newspaper that discusses current federal criminal issues written by a federal criminal defense attorney....more

Gaming Legal News: October 5, 2011 • Volume 4, Number 30

In this issue: 'Single-Sports Betting in Canada - Amendments Redux' In the February 17, 2011, edition of the Gaming Legal News, we reported that Joe Comartin, a Member of Parliament representing the riding of...more

Take The Amensty Deal Rather Than Go “ALL-IN”

Since the indictments of the principals of three U.S. facing real money poker sites and the filing of a parallel civil forfeiture action against the three sites there has been some discussion about whether the players who...more

New Law Expected to Add Teeth to Current Counterfeiting Laws

Recognizing that the increase in willful violations of U.S. counterfeiting laws pose a serious threat to the economy, both chambers of Congress finally passed the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual...more

Lazaro v. Lazaro

Child Support Arrearages

Family Law Appeal for child support arrearages where the "children" were over 50 years old!...more

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