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Status Updates - March 2015 #2

Out with the inbox? The overwhelming popularity of workplace-specific platforms that facilitate coworker communication—commonly referred to as “enterprise social media”—is undeniable. But are these platforms poised to someday...more

Dutch judge: Binary options institution should get license

The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (‘AFM’) wrongly refused to provide a license to a Dutch institution that provides binary option services. This is the outcome of a preliminary judgement earlier this week by...more

California Legislature Proposes Virtual Currency License

On February 27, 2015, California Assembly member Matt Dababneh (D – Encino) introduced AB 1326, which would require virtual currency businesses to be licensed by the Department of Business Oversight (DBO). To get licensed,...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

FinCEN Fines Atlantic City Casino $10 Million for AML Deficiencies

Earlier this month, an Atlantic City-based casino was fined $10 million for violating the BSA – more specifically, for failing to (i) create and implement an adequate anti-money laundering program; (ii) establish an effective...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

Case By Case

Bait-and-Switch Credit Card Offer - In a variation on the typical “bait-and-switch” scheme, a bank made a promotional offer of a “no annual fee” credit card, then changed the terms mid-year to require such a fee. A...more

AUSTRALIA: ASIC rules risk management facilities to be used by sporting organisations are financial products

On 28 January 2015, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) rejected a relief application by the issuer of ’risk management facilities’ used by sporting clubs and retailers. The application for Australian...more

FinCEN Addresses Illegal Sports Betting

FinCEN issued an alert indicating that certain organizations and individuals have been circumventing various laws related to sports betting, including by permitting "third-party betting" and reminding the industry about the...more

UK: Data Protection - Information Tribunal rule on FOIA exemptions concerning the Tate Gallery and BP

The First-tier Tribunal (Information Rights) has considered whether the Tate Gallery was exempt from disclosing information concerning sponsorship and meeting minutes to BP under sections 41(1) and 43(2) of the Freedom of...more

The Current State of Online Lottery Sales and the Outlook for 2015

As states continue to search for ways to generate additional revenue, several states have explored the possibility of selling lottery tickets online. Online lottery ticket sales represent an untapped market for state...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

Investment Trends in the Gaming Industry

Over the past decade, the gaming industry has evolved into one of the hottest sectors of mobile internet services. VentureBeat recently reported that in the trailing twelve months of Q3 2014, gaming accounted for $18 billion...more

A Report on the Future of Atlantic City (In the Words of "Atlantic City")

How do you regild a city that’s lost its luster? Last month, the New Jersey Governor’s Advisory Commission on Gaming, Sports, and Entertainment released a report attempting to answer that question for Atlantic City. ...more

Rating Agency Developments

On November 28, DBRS released its general corporate methodology. On November 28, DBRS released its methodology for rating companies in the gaming industry. On November 26, DBRS released its methodology for rating Canadian...more

GB: Commission publishes rating system on the protection of customer funds

The Commission has published its rating system and an advice note to operators on the requirements to segregate customer funds and disclose to customers the level of protection offered in the event of insolvency....more

Poland: Consequences of proposed amendment to Polish Gambling Act for foreign operators

On 21 October 2014, the Council of Ministers considered a draft amendment (version as of 17 October 2014) to the Polish Gambling Act dated 19 November 2009 which envisages a new opportunity for foreign gambling operators to...more

State Council Issues Guideline to Boost Sports Industry

On October 20, 2014, the State Council announced a guideline to boost China’s sports industry, named Opinions on Accelerating the Development of Sports Industry and Promoting Sports Consumption, Guofa [2014] No. 46...more

Managing Your Online Content and Website

A SURVEY OF PRIVACY, COPYRIGHT, AND TRADEMARK ISSUES - Today, even Elvis has a Facebook page, Instagram2 and Google+ accounts, a Twitter handle, a Pinterest board, and a mobile app. The Internet and the mobile...more

SPAIN: Finally the market is re-opened

Today has been published in the Spanish Official Gazette the resolution launching the call for tender for obtaining new general licenses for exploiting gambling activities in Spain....more

Boston Ordinances Proposed to Address Student-Athlete Safety and Scholarships - Ordinances May Lead Other Cities and States to...

The Boston City Council has entered the ongoing national debates and reform efforts concerning collegiate student-athlete issues, including safety and scholarships. Colleges and universities across the United States, athletic...more

"Opening shot" in negotiations: when does "without prejudice" protection apply?

In a dispute over whether a public authority's loan to a football stadium joint venture constitute illegal "state aid" under EU rules, in R (Sky Blue Sports and Leisure Ltd) & ors v Coventry City Council & ors [2014] EWHC...more

GB: Gambling Commission updates AML guidance

The Gambling Commission has published updated guidance to the industry aimed at assisting operators grapple with the complicated requirements of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002...more

Manatt Digital Media - September 2014

Welcome to Issue #1 of the Manatt Digital Media (MDM) newsletter. Initially, we will publish these monthly—and look forward to receiving your feedback, since we want this to be a conversation and bring information and...more

FinCEN Permanently Bars Casino Official Over BSA Violations

On August 20, FinCEN announced an action against a casino employee who admitted to violating the Bank Secrecy Act by willfully causing the casino to fail to file certain reports. ...more

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