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Supreme Court Denies Cert. in New Jersey Sports Betting Case

Today, the United States Supreme Court denied New Jersey’s petition for a writ of certiorari to hear an appeal from lower court decisions that invalidated its sports wagering law. This ends a three year fight to bring sports...more

Germany: CJEU postpones showdown on German gambling regulations

In a decision that has long been awaited by the industry and the legislator alike, the European Court of Justice ruled today, 12 June 2014, on the question to what extent two conflicting regulatory frameworks within one...more

Germany: Collecting society’s payout to publishers highly disputed

On 13 May 2014 the District Court of Berlin (16 O 75/13) rejected a claim brought by a songwriter and a composer against a collecting society’s payout to music publishers. The claim was directed at a declaratory judgment that...more

Nevada Gaming Regulators Warn Against Medical Marijuana

Just as the application process for newly legal medical marijuana licenses has begun, Nevada’s Gaming Control Board (GCB) has issued guidance that should concern any current or aspiring gaming licensee who is also interested...more

Third Circuit Refuses to Accept New Jersey’s Sports Bet

The Third Circuit denied New Jersey’s request that the Court rehear arguments en banc in National Collegiate Athletic Association, et al. v. Governor of New Jersey, et al. (previously chronicled in the Goodwin Gaming Blog...more

The Way to San Jose: Not Through Federal Court

Frustrated with the inability of the Oakland Athletics to commit to relocate to San Jose in the face of the territorial objections of the San Francisco Giants – and by the failure of Major League Baseball (MLB) to bring the...more

Alex Rodriguez Files Lawsuit Against MLB

Alex Rodriguez Files Lawsuit Against MLB by Anthony Caruso on October 9, 2013 After several weeks of speculation, New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez announced that he has filed a lawsuit against Major League...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- September 12, 2013

Fox Television Stations, Inc. v. FilmOn X LLC, USDC, District of Columbia, September 5, 2013 - Adding to split among courts on this issue, D.C. district court issues preliminary injunction against internet television...more

N.J. Files Brief Supporting Sports Betting Law in Key Gambling Litigation

The state of New Jersey filed its opening brief on April 29 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, in a case that could ultimately decide the fate of sports betting in the United States....more

US V. Lawrence DiCristina

BRIEF FOR AMICUS CURIAE THE POKER PLAYERS ALLIANCE IN SUPPORT OF APPELLEE AND AFFIRMANCE

SUMMARY OF THE ARGUMENT in Poker Player's Alliance (PPA) Amicus Curiae Brief: Poker is an American tradition and a game of skill. Invented in the United States approximately two centuries ago, the game has always been...more

Nevada Gaming Commission NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR COMMENTS AND/OR LANGUAGE ON REGULATIONS CONCERNING INTERSTATE AGREEMENTS FOR...

Nevada Gaming Commission NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR COMMENTS AND/OR LANGUAGE ON REGULATIONS CONCERNING INTERSTATE AGREEMENTS FOR INTERACTIVE GAMING. --- Section 6 of Assembly Bill 114 from the 2013 Legislative Session...more

Texas Ballot Measure SJR No. 43: "The constitutional amendment to authorize online poker gaming regulated under federal law."

State of Texas Ballot Measure SJR No. 43: "The constitutional amendment to authorize online poker gaming regulated under federal law." [By: Sen. Leticia Van de Putte] --- A JOINT RESOLUTION proposing a constitutional...more

The Off-Reservation Internet Gaming Debate: International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL) Discussion (03.09.2013)

The Off-Reservation Internet Gaming Debate: International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL) Discussion (03.09.2013) [re-purposed extract from IMGL LinkedIn legal discussion] --- Some believe that from a US Constitutional...more

Federal Judge Strikes Down N.J. Sports Betting Statute as Conflicting With Federal Law

Last night, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Shipp released an opinion in the widely watched New Jersey sports betting case, stating that New Jersey’s sports betting law is invalid as conflicting with federal law. Now, the...more

NCAA, et. al. v. Christopher J. Christie, et. al. (New Jersey Sportsbetting / PAPSA Litigation)

USDOJ MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF THE PROFESSIONAL AND AMATEUR SPORTS PROTECTION ACT

MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF THE PROFESSIONAL AND AMATEUR SPORTS PROTECTION ACT [U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division] --- [USDOJ Memo of Points & Authorities argues that PASPA is...more

Rights of Publicity: Contradictions in the Courts

The legal controversies over athletes' rights-of-publicity rage on. Two pending appellate decisions offer some hope that a rational conclusion might be in sight. The head of Manatt's Sports Law Practice Group, Ron Katz, had...more

NCAA, et. al. v. Christopher J. Christie, et. al. (New Jersey Sportsbetting / PASPA Litigation)

Order: Denying New Jersey MTD and MSJ re NCAA, NFL, NBA, et. al. Legal Standing

Order: [Denying New Jersey MTD and MSJ re NCAA, NFL, NBA, et. al. Legal Standing] --- "This matter comes before the Court upon Plaintiffs’ “Motion for Summary Judgment and, If Necessary to Preserve the Status Quo, a...more

NCAA, et. al. v. Christopher J. Christie, et. al. (New Jersey Sportsbetting / PASPA Litigation)

Memorandum Opinion by Judge Shipp (21 Dec 2012): Ruling in favor of NCAA and Professional Sports Leagues' Legal Standing to sue...

MEMORANDUM OPINION (Shipp, District Judge) re Plaintiff Legal Standing -- Denying Defendant New Jersey's Motion to Dismiss and Motion for Summary Judgement: --- "This matter comes before the Court upon several motions...more

Rogers et al v SOCAN: W(h)ither the "Making Available" Right?

Among the unanswered questions arising in the wake of the massive changes to the Canadian copyright landscape in 2012 is the issue of precisely how the two seismic forces at work (i.e., The Copyright Modernization Act and the...more

COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF...

COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS. The attached communication -- "Towards a comprehensive European framework for...more

The Internet Gambling Prohibition, Poker Consumer Protection, and Strengthening UIGEA Act of 2012 [Reid - Kyl Draft iGaming Bill...

[Reid - Kyl Draft iGaming Bill Summary Leaked to Media on September 12, 2012] Prior to the attached document which poker endemics, bloggers, and others in the US media obtained access thereto yesterday evening...more

IGBA Poker NY Law Excerpt from ANALYSIS OF THE ILLEGAL GAMBLING BUSINESSES ACT -- New York State Gambling Law

IGBA Poker NY Law Excerpt from ANALYSIS OF THE ILLEGAL GAMBLING BUSINESSES ACT -- New York State Gambling Law --- EDNY Senior District Court Judge Jack Weinstein got most of it right in his thorough legal analyses of IGBA...more

USA v. Poker Stars et. al. (Chris Ferguson)

Defense Request for Status Conference re DiChristina case poker ruling

[Defense Request for Status Conference in USA v. PokerStars (Lederer, Ferguson, Furst) SDNY civil forfeiture proceedings:] We represent claimant and defendant Howard Lederer in connection with the referenced case. Mr....more

United States v. Lawrence DiCristina

Court Memorandum, Order, and Judgment

Since games run by the defendant’s business must constitute “gambling” as defined by the IGBA, it must be determined whether poker falls under that definition of gambling. As noted above, the IGBA defines “gambling” as...more

United States v. Lawrence DiCristina

OPINION

Key Legal Opinion Holdings: 1. Poker is Predominated By Skill Rather than Chance. 2. Poker is Not Gambling Under IGBA. On December 9, 2011, defendant Lawrence Dicris-tina was charged in a second superseding...more

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