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eSports Lawsuit Over For Now, But State Action May Follow

On October 4, 2016, a federal judge in the Western District of Washington dismissed a suit against Valve Corporation (“Valve”) alleging that Valve and third-party websites had facilitated online gambling in violation of state...more

After String of Bad Beats, New Jersey Contemplates Going All In On Sports Betting

Lawmakers in Trenton are desperate to allow sports betting in Atlantic City. The American Gaming Association estimates that $149 billion is illegally wagered on sports in the United States each year. ...more

Employee Sports Gambling: Workplace Policies and Guidance For In-House Counsel

Sports fans have long looked for ways to be a part of the action. The co-owner of the Oakland Raiders developed a fantasy golf game back in the 1950s. In the 1980s, journalist Daniel Okrent created “Rotisserie” League...more

SEC Says Mobile Phone Game is an Illegal Security-Based Swap

I previously discussed an SEC Investor Alert which said fantasy stock trading for small amounts of money can violate provisions of securities laws implemented by the Dodd-Frank Act. According to the SEC, the terms “swap,”...more

Michigan to Legalize Fantasy Sports?

The Michigan State House of Representatives recently introduced legislation proposing to exempt certain fantasy sports contests from the prohibition against gambling contained in the State’s penal code. The proposal is the...more

Fantasy Sports Bill Proposed for Nevada

On August 23, 2016, the two largest daily fantasy sports (“DFS”) operators, DraftKings and Fan Duel, will be presenting their proposed Nevada daily fantasy sports legislation (the “Proposed Bill”) to the Nevada Gaming Policy...more

Massachusetts Becomes Ninth State to Legalize Daily Fantasy Sports

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has signed into law a bill to legalize daily fantasy sports in the Commonwealth. Massachusetts is the ninth state to legalize daily fantasy sports, and the eighth to do so this year. The...more

New York Daily Fantasy Law Passed – But Will it Stick?

As previously reported on our blog, New York enacted a law legalizing fantasy sports (subject to certain conditions and licensing). This undoubtedly makes DFS operators and players happy. But consistent with the notion that...more

NJ Gets Shut-out on Sports Betting

New Jersey’s sports betting law was struck down by an Appellate court decision. The court held that PASPA (the Professional And Amateur Sports Protection Act) prohibits states from authorizing by law sports gambling, and that...more

New York Legalizes Daily Fantasy Sports

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill to legalize daily fantasy sports in New York. This is the eighth state to legalize daily fantasy sports, and the seventh to do so this year. With the start of the NFL season just...more

Massachusetts Beats Buzzer With New Fantasy Sports Law

With the State legislative session set to expire, Massachusetts lawmakers passed a bill late Sunday night to formally legalize daily fantasy sports in the Commonwealth. While other states that have recently legalized fantasy...more

Emerging Trends Newsletter - Q2

We are thrilled to bring you the 2nd installment of Stinson Leonard Street's Emerging Trends newsletter. Recent Delaware Supreme Court Opinion Limits General Personal Jurisdiction for Foreign Corporation - Recent...more

The Race Is On: Nevada and New Jersey Scramble to Lead the Evolving Relationship between Gambling and eSports

For the last several years, eSports contests have been filling arenas throughout the world. eSports viewership and associated cash prizes now rival those of professional sports. Top teams win millions of dollars in a single...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

Is it a Gamble for Employers to Permit Office Pools During March Madness?

The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans will bet a total of $9.2 billion on March Madness brackets, pools and contests this year, an increase of approximately $200 million from last year. While estimates...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

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

Will Peyton Manning Have a Storybook Ending or Will SuperCam Prevail? Tuah the Orangutan picks the Panthers while the...

We are back with our annual Super Bowl prediction post. As noted in prior years, people are increasingly making their predictions based on two indicators: unemployment rates and the whims of Utah zoo animals. They each have...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

Hawaii is No Paradise for Daily Fantasy Sports – Skill Measured by Average Players, not Experts

Hawaii AG Doug Chin is one of the latest to opine that daily fantasy sports are illegal under that state’s law. According to a press release accompanying the opinion, “Gambling generally occurs under Hawaii law when a person...more

Gambling in the Workplace is Anything But a Safe Bet

So you didn’t win the Powerball jackpot?  There are still plenty of opportunities to win big in the next few weeks as Super Bowl L, March Madness, and even the Oscars quickly approach.  Many employees will likely be solicited...more

What Every Employer Needs To Know About The Super Bowl

The stage is officially set. The Denver Broncos will be playing the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, February 7, 2016, and no doubt your employees are very much aware of the upcoming game. A good many of them...more

Oklahoma Judge Rejects Penalties for Rolling the Dice Before a Jury

As a matter of course, federal prosecutors often pile on charges in order to strong-arm defendants into entering a favorable guilty plea quickly. Those who exercise their jury trial right and put the government to its proof...more

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