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Reality Check: Fantasy Sports Sites Facing Serious New Challenges

Fantasy sports, especially Daily fantasy sports (“DFS”), are big business in the United States. Two DFS sites in particular, FanDuel and DraftKings, are the most dominant players in this industry (they control 95% of the DFS...more

New York Sacks Daily Fantasy Sports; Gives Pass to Traditional Fantasy Sports

The New York attorney general issued a cease and desist order to a number of daily fantasy sports (DFS) operators alleging that DFS constitutes illegal gambling under NY state law. According to the AG’s interpretation, DFS...more

Politics – The Invisible Force Behind China Artist and Art Market

After a period of significant growth from 2009 to 2014, the Chinese art market has experienced a drastic decline in the first half of 2015 with reports that the fine art auction turnover contracted at 30% less than the 2014...more

Daily Fantasy Sports Industry Could Fall Apart After Scandal

Greenberg Glusker litigation partner Ricardo Cestero was quoted in a Law360 article, Daily Fantasy Sports Industry Could Fall Apart After Scandal, (subscription required), addressing a customer class action filed against the...more

FIFA Investigation Ensnares President Blatter

After months of speculation about potential legal ramifications for FIFA President Joseph (“Sepp”) Blatter, the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland announced that Mr. Blatter is the subject of criminal proceedings...more

Crime Doesn’t Pay (as much as it used to) – FBI Cracks Down on Trade of Looted Syrian and Iraqi Cultural Artifacts

In support of the international crackdown on the black market trade of looted cultural artifacts, the FBI recently announced that art dealers may be prosecuted for engaging in the trade of stolen Iraqi and Syrian antiquities....more

FIFA Investigation Expands In Scope; Former FIFA VP Extradited to United States

On September 14, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that the DOJ is expanding its FIFA investigation to pursue additional charges against individuals and companies. AG Lynch made these comments at a press...more

Plaintiffs Fold on Their Full Tilt Poker Actions Following Court’s Rejection of Class Certification and Proposed Settlement

The plaintiffs in three actions against entities and individuals involved in the Full Tilt Poker Internet gambling operation dismissed their claims without prejudice in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New...more

Casino Forfeiture a Reminder that FinCEN’s Regulatory Oversight May Involve DOJ and Criminal Penalty

The civil money penalty was surprising for two reasons: first, that FinCEN would investigate and fine a casino unfamiliar even to analysts who cover the gaming industry, on an island chain few knew existed; and second, for...more

FIFA Investigation Update: First FIFA Official Extradited to United States

On July 15, after 50 days of detention, a high-ranking FIFA official widely reported to be former FIFA Vice President Jeffrey Webb was extradited from Switzerland to the United States. Webb ultimately agreed to be extradited...more

Red Notice Newsletter - June 2015

This month on the anticorruption front, an energy company announces the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has declined to bring charges following an Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)-related investigation, the protracted...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - June 2015

The Unfolding FIFA Scandal: Will the DOJ Show the Banks a Red Card? - Why it matters: The worldwide soccer community has for years decried the brazen corruption that permeated FIFA, international soccer’s governing...more

Shepard Fairey Tagged: Detroit Issues Arrest Warrant

Shepard Fairey, viewed by some as a cutting edge and important “street artist” and by others as a vandal for his works of graffiti on both public and private property, has had a warrant for his arrest issued by the City of...more

Corporate Espionage: Not Your Typical Sports-“Gate”

Generally when one refers to “competitors” in the context of protecting trade secrets, it is in regard to business competitors, not competing sports teams. And usually when the talking heads on sports radio and television...more

FinCEN Enforcement Stacks the Deck in AML Compliance for Casinos and Card Clubs

Stephanie Booker, Associate Director for Enforcement, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”), recently gave a speech at the Nevada Bar Association’s Bank Secrecy Act Conference in Las Vegas. Involved in the...more

FIFA Investigation Updates: Plea Agreement with American FIFA Official Unsealed

On June 15, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York unsealed a 2013 plea agreement under which American FIFA Executive Committee Member Chuck Blazer secretly pleaded guilty to ten charges related to...more

Caught Stealing More Than Bases, St. Louis Cardinals Teach Trade Secret Safety to All Employers

The recent hacking attack against the Houston Astros is a wake-up call for all employers: no organization is safe from its adversaries’ attempts to steal proprietary information to gain a leg up in the competition. The...more

Foreign Corrupt Practice Act Update

Recent criminal indictments of FIFA officials should remind businesses to review their obligations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Those who violate the FCPA can face civil and criminal penalties, including...more

Like a Rolling Stone and Charitable Donations Under the FCPA

Today we celebrate one of the seminal achievements in rock and roll for it was on this day, 50 years ago, in 1965 that Bob Dylan recorded his single Like a Rolling Stone. Columbia Records executives initially rejected the...more

FIFA and BHP Billiton: The Unique FCPA Challenges Present in International Sports

Recent enforcement actions by the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission have raised the profile of corruption in international sport and highlight unique FCPA compliance concerns. This note will explain...more

INTERPOL suspends FIFA donation funds, but what happens to the money now, and what happens to INTERPOL?

Last week, I addressed INTERPOL’s listing of several individuals who are wanted for prosecution by the United States for FIFA-related financial crimes. That post is here. In light of those listings, RNLJ requested...more

The FIFA Prosecution & the Strategy Behind the Federal Criminal Indictment

On May 27, 2015 the United States Department of Justice unsealed several charging documents involving the Federation Internationale de Football Association (“FIFA”). These documents included four Bills of Information, each...more

Why Should Americans Care About the FIFA Indictments? Part IV – Corruption is a Global Scourge

Today, I conclude my four-part series on the above question posed to me recently by a colleague. In Part I, I responded that only the US government had the wherewithal and will to do so and that it continued the...more

FIFA and INTERPOL, together again- U.S. charges FIFA officials and obtains Red Notices against them

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that FIFA has been dealing with a scandal lately: the U.S. government has charged multiple individuals with ties to FIFA with expansive criminal violations, and...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for May 2015

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments in the past month with links to primary...more

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