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Italian Game Agency to Issue New Rules for Betting on Virtual Events

The Italian Game Agency is issuing new rules for betting on virtual events. Draft of a new decree (the “Decree”) was notified to the European Commission on March 31, 2016. The EC will verify that the Decree complies with...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

New Jersey Issues Bulletin Clarifying Licensure Standards for Internet Gaming

Today, the New Jersey DGE issued a “Director’s Advisory Bulletin” clarifying how it would apply its suitability rules to gaming license applicants who conduct internet gaming in other jurisdictions. If you offer a game that...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

Advertising Law - April 2016

Yahoo's Deal on E-Mail Scanning: More Warnings, No Cash - A California federal court judge granted preliminary approval of a settlement agreement in a lawsuit accusing Yahoo of reading e-mail messages for ad-targeting...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

Weekly Web Wrap-Up

Welcome to Sheppard Mullin’s Weekly Web Wrap-Up, a quick list of the past week’s top news in the social media, gaming, and virtual goods and currencies industries curated by Social Media & Games Team. Here are some of the...more

Media, Sport and Entertainment Intelligence - March 2016

Welcome to a new edition of Media, Sports and Entertainment Intelligence; this new version aims to provide an overview of what we see coming up on the horizon that could impact businesses in the Media, Sports and...more

Weekly Web Wrap-Up

Welcome to Sheppard Mullin’s Weekly Web Wrap-Up, a quick list of the past week’s top news in the social media, gaming, and virtual goods and currencies industries curated by Social Media & Games Team. Here are some of the...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

DraftKings and FanDuel to Suspend Activity in New York, Effective Immediately

There has been a new development in the ongoing legal battle between New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and daily fantasy sports (DFS) operators DraftKings and FanDuel, as the two largest DFS operators agreed earlier...more

All Bets are Off When It Comes to the Future of Daily Fantasy Sports

Illinois is among the states embroiled in the widening dispute over the legality of daily fantasy sports. It’s also one of the states where competing interests are vying to control the future of the online daily fantasy...more

New York DFS: Sites Agree To Armistice, Not A Settlement

The New York Attorney General, FanDuel, and Draft Kings announced yesterday that a settlement had been reached in the litigation over the future of daily fantasy sports (“DFS”) in New York. Effective immediately, FanDuel and...more

Gaming Legal News: Volume 9, Number 1: Nevada Examines Its Regulatory Approach To Daily Fantasy Sports

The nationwide controversy over daily fantasy sports (DFS) and how it is regulated has led Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval to convene the Nevada Gaming Policy Committee for the first time since 2012. Sandoval wants the...more

Did Virginia Save the Daily Fantasy Sports Industry?

Though there aren’t many $2 bills in circulation anymore, Thomas Jefferson’s beloved Virginia just made spending money on daily fantasy sports (“DFS”) contests legal. On March 7, 2016, Virginia enacted the “Fantasy Contests...more

Virginia first state to pass fantasy sports consumer protection legislation

The new Virginia Fantasy Contests Act regulates consumer privacy on fantasy sports game websites, like DraftKings and FanDuel, and also requires fantasy sports companies to pay a licensing fee in Virginia to pay for the cost...more

Daily Fantasy Sports is Legalized….At least in Virginia!

The Governor of Virginia signed into law the FANTASY CONTESTS ACT. As we previously reported, the bill defines “fantasy contest” as any fantasy or simulated game or contest in which: (i) the value of all prizes and awards...more

Daily Fantasy Sports Update – DraftKings Sues Texas AG; Activity in GA and IN

In January, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an opinion that daily fantasy sports (DFS) is likely illegal gambling under Texas state law “[b]ecause the outcome of games in daily fantasy sports leagues depends...more

Virginia Passage of Fantasy Sports Law Appears Imminent; PA, NY and MD Bills in the Works

Virginia’s House and Senate have both passed a bill (SB 646) that would legalize, but regulate, fantasy sports in Virginia. All that is needed is for Governor McAuliffe to sign it into law. If passed, the law would create...more

Georgia Weekly Legislative Update - February 2016 #3

A state senator known for her work on child welfare issues has introduced legislation to regulate the operation of fantasy sports....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

Rhode Island AG says Fantasy Sports is Legal but Should Be Regulated

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin has found that daily fantasy sports are currently legal under Rhode Island law. Kilmartin also strongly advised the Legislature to establish regulations to protect Rhode Island players....more

Intercepting Office Pool Liability – What Do Employers Have to Lose by Permitting Super Bowl Related Gambling?

Super Bowl 50 kicks off this Sunday and promises to be the most wagered-on sporting event of the year. March Madness, Super Bowl, and Fantasy Football pools have become ingrained in the American workplace and seem harmless to...more

No Southern Hospitality for Daily Fantasy Sports in Mississippi

The Mississippi AG issued an opinion last week declaring: “Fantasy sports wagering is illegal in the state of Mississippi under current law both on a licensed gaming floor and outside of a licensed gaming floor. Any change to...more

Sweet Home Alabama for Daily Fantasy?

Alabama Senator Sanford introduced a bill February 2 that would exempt fantasy from Alabama’s gambling law The bill also would establish the Fantasy Contests Act to regulate the operation of fantasy or simulated contests in...more

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