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Massachusetts Gaming Update: Commission Rejects Application for Resort Casino in Brockton

The wait is over and the decision is in. On Thursday, April 28, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 4-1 against awarding a commercial license to Mass Gaming & Entertainment, LLC to build a resort casino in Brockton....more

On Your Mark, Get Set, Build!

It has been nearly five years since Massachusetts legalized casino gambling, but the state is still without an operating resort casino. The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, MGM Resorts International, and Wynn Resorts are all chomping...more

Repeat BSA Violations Cited for Two FinCEN Fines

Repeat violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) are cited by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) for a $1 million penalty against a casino and a $10,000 fine against a money...more

FinCEN Assesses Civil Money Penalty Against Nevada-Based Casino for AML/BSA Violations

On April 5, FinCEN assessed a civil money penalty against a Nevada-based casino for willfully violating the anti-money laundering provisions of the BSA. From 2010 through November 2013, the casino allegedly failed to (i)...more

A New Normal? Challenges to Market Definition Find a Foothold at 12(b)(6) Stage

Recent federal court opinions dismissing cases under Rule 12(b)(6) may provide an early off-ramp for antitrust defendants where a roadblock has often existed. Courts are increasingly dismissing cases at the 12(b)(6) stage for...more

The Vegas Sands FCPA Action: Good Controls are Good Business

FCPA cases typically center on the payment of bribes to obtain or retain business. The bribes paid are usually small in comparison to the profits achieved – the obvious motive for the wrongful conduct. The profits of course...more

Nevada Casino Operator Settles FCPA Allegations with SEC

On April 7, the SEC settled FCPA allegations with a Nevada-based operator of numerous hotel, resort, and casino properties in the United States and Asia. In a cease and desist order, the SEC found that the operating company...more

Casino AML: FinCEN Fines Former Sparks Nugget Management $1 Million

Attributing observed deficiencies to a lack of a culture of compliance, FinCEN has again targeted a casino for willful violations of the anti-money laundering (“AML”) provisions of the Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”). This time the...more

Trustwave Case Highlights Cyber-Risk to Professional Service Providers

In a case that we believe reflects a real future trend in the cyber-risk industry, Las Vegas casino operator Affinity Gaming (“Affinity”) is suing Chicago-based IT security firm Trustwave Holdings, Inc. (“Trustwave”) for...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

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

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Sherman Act Claims Due to Failure to Allege a Plausible Geographic Market

In Concord Associates, L.P., et al. v. Entertainment Properties Trust, No. 13-3933-cv (2d Cir. 2016), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the dismissal of a complaint alleging claims under the Sherman Act,...more

FinCEN Enforcement Trends: 2015 Year in Review

A review of FinCEN’s enforcement efforts in 2015 and 2014 reveal a marked trend away from its longstanding focus on depository institutions and toward otherwise unregulated financial institutions, as well as an increased...more

If Two’s A Party, Is Three A Crowd? MGC Community Hearing on Proposed Brockton Casino

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (“MGC”) hosted a community meeting on March 1, 2016 to hear public input regarding Mass Gaming & Entertainment, LLC’s proposal to build a $677 million commercial casino in Brockton. As...more

Out of Luck: Second Circuit Dismisses Antitrust Suit Brought by Catskills “Racino” Developers on Market Definition Grounds

On March 18, 2016, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of an antitrust lawsuit brought by the prospective developers of a racing track and casino in the Catskills region of New York against their...more

Armada of Lobbyists, Lawyers and Consultants Has to Fear Curtatone in His Rowboat

If you’re in a construction trade, you’re probably not too happy with Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, the only person standing between Steve Wynn and his dream of a $2 billion casino in Everett. Yet I have to believe...more

Georgia Weekly Legislative Update - Crossover Day Edition

The Georgia General Assembly lurched this week past Crossover Day, the expiration threshold for general legislation to pass at least one chamber of the legislature if it is ultimately to land on the governor's desk, and...more

Guitar Hero for Cash! New Jersey Issues Temporary Regulations for Skill-Based Gaming

Just last month at the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (“NCLGS”) winter meeting in Orlando, I discussed the strong interest in skill-based games by casino owners, regulators, legislators, and the public. In...more

The Smart Guys in Everett Saw Steve Wynn's China Strategy from a Mile Off

One of the proverbs lodged in my cranium is, “The judgment of the village is never wrong.” I buy that. I also think that units within cities – neighborhoods, social clubs, busy restaurants, coffee shops and bars -- take...more

Weekly Review of the Massachusetts Gaming Landscape

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Submits White Paper to the Legislature - If you have some skin in the game, submit a white paper. That’s what the Massachusetts Gaming Commission did in an effort to provide clarity on...more

Casino Owner Sues Cybersecurity Services Provider, Alleging Botched Response to Data Breach

On December 24, 2015, Nevada casino owner Affinity Gaming filed suit against Trustwave in federal district court, alleging that Trustwave failed to contain and remediate a data breach at Affinity Gaming. ...more

Third Circuit Allows Termination of Expired CBA Obligations

Employers scored a big victory in In re Trump Entertainment Resorts, a case of first impression in the Third Circuit, which held that a debtor-employer can terminate their obligations under an expired Collective Bargaining...more

Normandie Casino Operator Pleads Guilty to Charges Stemming from Protection of High-Rollers

Despite the old saying “the customer is always right,” the law places limits on customer service in the casino industry. Normandie Casino has found this out the hard way. The operator of the casino has agreed to plead guilty...more

NJ High Court Declines to Review “Borgata Babes” Case, Effectively Doubling Down on Appellate Court’s Acceptance of Atlantic City...

The BorgataBabes Are Subject to Specific Personal Appearance Standards - The Borgata, which when it opened in 2003, marketed itself as Atlantic City’s first Las Vegas-style resort and distinguished itself in the...more

Georgia Weekly Legislative Update - February 2016 #2

The author of legislation that would facilitate a major expansion of MARTA into Atlanta’s public transit-starved northern arc, the Emory/CDC corridor and east on I-20, has introduced a slightly revised measure after the...more

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