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New York 2016 Legislative Session Wrap Up

The New York state legislature closed out its 2016 legislative session in the early morning hours on Saturday. Although the legislature came up short on a number of big-ticket items, such as comprehensive legislative ethics...more

Big Leaguers: Daily Fantasy Sports Scores Major Legislative Victory in New York

From the Stanley Cup to the NBA Championship, there were some major sports victories these last few weeks. Championship cities celebrated with fans flooding their streets for victory parades. But one sports victory—a win...more

Massachusetts Gambling: Daily Fantasy Sports and the Lottery in the State House

All was relatively quiet on the daily fantasy sports (DFS) front in Massachusetts after Attorney General Maura Healy issued regulations for DFS in March. But legislative developments over the past few weeks suggest...more

Big Changes Coming to Pennsylvania's Alcoholic Beverage Market

On June 8, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed into law the first major overhaul of the Commonwealth’s Liquor Code since the end of Prohibition. Wolf heralded the measure as enhancing customer convenience while providing...more

HEAR Act: Senate Judiciary Committee Considers Nazi-Looted Art Statute of Limitations Bill

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing this week (video available here) on the Holocaust Art Recovery Act (the “HEAR Act”) that drew welcome attention to the ongoing challenges to the restitution of Nazi-looted art. We...more

Cooling hot political buttons

During every political campaign, I am reminded of the notion that if we speak about our co-workers or subordinates in the manner in which the American voter speaks about political candidates, we should expect some remediation...more

PRINCE Act Shelved by Minnesota Legislator

Last week we reported on the right of publicity bill being considered by the Minnesota legislature in light of the passing of musical icon, Prince. As reported by the Minneapolis Star Tribune on May 18, 2016, State...more

Death Knell for Knockoffs and Counterfeits?

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Define the Test for Copyrightability of Designs on Useful Articles - The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to hear the question that, as one Appellate Court characterized, has had the...more

Home Stretch-Second to Last Week

Closed-door talks aimed at striking a budget agreement began Monday with a consensus that the divide over transportation needs to be solved before lawmakers can make real progress. Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed the initial...more

Sign O’ the Times: the Right of Publicity Comes to Minnesota

The ability to control the use of one’s name, likeness, voice, and other personal attributes is known as the right of publicity. Unlike trademarks, patents, and copyrights, which are types of intellectual property governed...more

Russian Box Office: Proposal to Tax Hollywood Films

Death and Russian Taxes - The Russian government has found another way to make 2016 “The Year of Cinema.” Rather than increasing direct support for films, Russian legislators may impose a tax on foreign films. The...more

News from Second and State

A Look Ahead: - Next week looks relatively quiet, with only the House of Representatives in Harrisburg for voting session. On Monday, the House Gaming Oversight Committee will hold a public hearing at Hollywood Casino...more

Good Things Happen In Threes: Tennessee Becomes Third State To Enact DFS Law

On April 28, 2016, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed the Fantasy Sports Act into law. The Act expressly defines fantasy sports contests as games of skill and regulates them. Passage of the Fantasy Sports Act makes...more

Fair Play! German Federal Government Proposes New Regulatory Frameworkd in Sports Law

The introduction of the new draft legislation with changes in German criminal law was deemed necessary as the "general" provision against fraud in German law often is ineffective as it requires to prove that bets were placed...more

Blogster's Miscellany: Eight Items Just Begging for More Attention, Comment

Ben deRuyter, a Democrat from Brewster announced this past Friday (April 15) he was withdrawing from the race to succeed Cape Cod state senator Dan Wolf because he wants to spend more time with his family. I’m sure his...more

Alabama and Tennessee AGs Issue Opinions on Fantasy Sports

Alabama and Tennessee have become the most recent states to weigh in on the legality of daily fantasy sports (DFS) contests. Last week, the attorneys general of the two states issued opinions declaring such contests to be...more

HEAR Act Introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz to Create Federal Standard for Holocaust Art Claims

Among the many challenges that litigants over Nazi-looted art face in the United States is a lack of uniformity. Statutes of limitations vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and interpretations of jurisdictional laws like...more

First Committee Deadline – Week Four at the Capitol

The universe of legislation in play will be significantly winnowed down this week as it is the first committee deadline. Committees must act favorably on bills in the house of origin. The focus will increasingly turn to the...more

Ballot Initiative for Another Slots Parlor in Massachusetts

Massachusetts voters may have the choice to “hit” or “stand” on another gaming establishment. A potential ballot question for this November is whether the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (“MGC”) should be allowed to issue an...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Paul LePage Refuses to Swear In Senator-Elect Susan Deschambault - On Tuesday, March 29, a...more

Campaign IP Violations Part 2 – Trump Sued for Copyright Infringement

In December, we blogged about the unauthorized use of copyrighted songs by political campaigns. Well, those campaigns should also double check the images they are using. Donald J. Trump For President, Inc. was sued in federal...more

Massachusetts Regulators Pave the Way for Skill-Based Slots

The game of skill vs. game of chance debate has been the focus of gaming law for years now. Until recently, it was largely discussed in the context of poker and fantasy sports betting. A new arena for debate is now upon us,...more

Fast Pace for Third Week of Session

Lawmakers begin a short Easter recess today and will return to the Capitol on Tuesday. Real ID - The Minnesota Senate voted overwhelmingly Monday to direct the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to study how to bring...more

News from Second and State

With budget hearings finished and just over a month until the 2016 primary election, the Pennsylvania Legislature set to work this week addressing issues from soup to nuts. However, the big ticket items up for consideration...more

Recent Changes to the Trade Embargo May Facilitate Cuban Baseball Players Being Able to Legally Play for MLB Teams

Last week, President Obama authorized the elimination of a ban on Cuban access to the international banking system, which in turn would allow a Cuban national to make a living in the United States without requiring that...more

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