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“Surviving” the Madness: Are Paid-Entry Survivor Contests Legal?

The field is set, the brackets are in, and the players are ready. Welcome to March Madness, also known as America’s Least Productive Month. And much to the NCAA’s chagrin, it’s also peak gambling season—the American Gaming...more

March Madness for Employers

The 2015 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament, affectionately referred to as “March Madness,” begins today. The NCAA Tournament garners millions of viewers and advertising dollars. ...more

March Madness Doesn't Have to Drive Your Workplace Crazy

March Madness is upon us, again, and employers should be taking steps to avoid becoming a casualty of all the hoopla....more

Portugal: new gambling laws approved

Further to the recent developments and discussion on the online gambling and gambling related activities legal framework, the Council of Ministers approved, on 26 February 2015, new gambling regulations....more

Charities and Gambling

Most gambling is illegal in Virginia. Seeking creative means to raise money for laudable purposes, legitimate Virginia charities sometimes venture into dangerous waters in the belief that their philanthropic goals insulate...more

UK: Secondary ticketing market to become more transparent

The UK Government has agreed to an amendment to the Consumer Rights Bill which will make the secondary ticketing market more transparent and help to protect secondary ticket buyers against fraud....more

Belgium: eStrategy games attracting Belgium’s Gaming’s Commission attention

Belgian media recently reported the story of a minor having lost large sums of money by playing a strategy game on his iPad. It concerned a strategy game with the aim of building a medieval city and an army, for which...more

Trump Taj Mahal Fined Record $10 Million for Inadequate AML Program

As disclosed recently in a bankruptcy court filing, on January 27, 2015, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) imposed a $10 million civil money penalty pursuant to the Bank Secrecy Act (the “BSA”) on Trump Taj...more

UK IP Law Gets A Restyle

In the Northern Hemisphere’s autumn of 2014, IP law hit the UK headlines, in light of the most significant series of reforms in years....more

FTC obtains $9.5 million judgment against fraudulent sweepstakes operators

On February 11, 2015 the Federal Trade Commission announced that it had accepted a $9.5 million settlement in a case brought against a sweepstakes operator for violating a previous FTC order. The settlement also permanently...more

A Winnable Fight Against Crimes In Cyberspace

California boldly made an example out of a felonious website owner who operated a website dedicated to shaming, embarrassing and harassing complete strangers. Following the first ever prosecution of the operator of a “revenge...more

AUSTRALIA: Courts not siding with ‘Pitchsider’

A British man banned from attending Cricket Australia (CA) matches for allegedly ‘pitchsiding’ at three ‘Big Bash League’ matches held in late December 2014 has indicated that he intends to challenge the legality of the ban....more

Germany: Online Blackjack Player Found Guilty of Illegal Gambling

The district court Munich found a Munich man guilty of participation in an unlicensed public game of chance due to his participation in online blackjack games. The player was fined under criminal laws and the funds received...more

UK: Government launches Anti-Corruption Plan

On 18 December 2014 the UK Government launched a national, cross-departmental Anti-Corruption plan (“Plan”), which sets out a strategic response to corruption based on four key components: prosecuting and disrupting those...more

Attacking the Money-Laundering Problem in Mexico

According to the Los Angeles Times, Mexican officials have estimated the amount of laundered money in the Mexican economy at $50 billion annually—three percent of the legitimate Mexican economy. The CIA World Fact Book...more

The Recommendations of Québec’s “Working Group on Online Gambling”

Last month, the Government of Québec released its long-awaited report on online gaming (“iGaming”). The Working Group on Online Gambling was struck in February 2010 to analyze the social impact of iGaming in Québec, and...more

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

Poland: Polish Regulator threatens to prosecute players

On Tuesday, 18 November 2014, the Polish Ministry of Finance published an official announcement on its website warning Polish players that any online gambling games run by foreign operators without a valid Polish gambling...more

Business Round Up: The News and the Views

Thomas Pink Ltd v Victoria’s Secret UK Ltd [2014] EWHC 2631 (Ch) Two particular points for brand owners to take away from the decision: 1. If faced with an invalidity challenge on the grounds of s3(1)(b) or (c)...more

Michael Garcia Now Just Taunting FIFA

And I say that in the most complimentary way. If you haven’t been following this story, here’s a quick recap: FIFA awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar, respectively. This raised eyebrows, as they say. ...more

AUSTRALIA: Hitting Corruption for Six

The cricket world is in a fierce battle against the increasing use of technology in illegal bookmaking. In order to protect their interests ahead of the World Cup starting in February 2015, the International Cricket Council...more

Status Updates - November 2014 #2

..Bad chords. A European musician’s attempt to stop a negative concert review from continuing to appear in Internet search results is raising questions about whether the EU’s “right to be forgotten” ruling could prevent the...more

Sweden: Member State referred to the Court of Justice of the EU

On October 16, 2014, the European Commission referred Sweden to the Court of Justice of the EU (EJC) in two cases in relation to Swedish legislation for gambling services....more

More Tax Lessons from Reality Stars on What Not to Do, Plus Lionel Messi

We discussed last week the surprise when a highly visible reality star is charged with or convicted of tax evasion or other financial crimes (see last week’s post here about The Situation and referencing Richard Hatch). This...more

SPAIN: Match-fixing- could the age of innocence be over?

Corruption is a problem. Keeping corruption out of public scrutiny is an even bigger problem, because responsible people remain untouched and ready to repeat the same wrong behaviours. In that sense, the financial crisis that...more

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