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Are March Madness Pools a Good Bet for the Workplace?

by Barley Snyder on

It’s March Madness season and the start of the NCAA Division 1 college basketball tournament, creating an annual litany of problem areas for employers to deal with....more

Massachusetts Outlook: The Remainder of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session

With the end of the 2017-2018 legislative cycle fast approaching, Beacon Hill’s agenda for the coming months has begun to take shape. All major policymaking will need to be concluded by the end of formal sessions on July 31,...more

All Eyes On The Supreme Court: The Battle For Widespread Legalized Sports Wagering In America To Have Its Day In Court

by Dickinson Wright on

The biggest legal showdown in a long time on a question of gaming policy is about to come before the United States Supreme Court. At stake is the ability of the states to tap into a legalized sports betting market that could...more

New Jersey Enacts Legislation To Regulate Fantasy And Daily Fantasy Sports

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The popularity of fantasy sports, including daily fantasy sports (DFS), as well as a perceived lack of regulation and consumer protections within the industry have resulted in several states expressly authorizing and...more

All Bets Are On in California? The Golden State’s Bid to Legalize Sports Gambling

If you’re gearing up for your fantasy football draft, you might be interested to know that the California Legislature is considering a proposal to legalize sports gambling. Assembly Constitutional Amendment No. 18 is a...more

DraftKings and FanDuel Call Off Merger Following FTC Intervention

On July 13, 2017, daily fantasy sports providers DraftKings and FanDuel announced their decision to call off their proposed merger. Last month, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a temporary...more

FTC Temporarily Halts Proposed DraftKings-FanDuel Merger

On June 20, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a temporary restraining order blocking the daily fantasy sports (DFS) companies DraftKings and FanDuel from consummating their proposed...more

U.S. Supreme Court Set to Address Sports Betting

On June 27, 2017, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to a law that prohibits individual states from permitting gambling based on professional or amateur sports....more

FTC, California, And DC Sue To Stop Draftkings-Fanduel Merger On Antitrust Grounds

Although the Federal Trade Commission currently is short-handed with one Democrat and one Republican serving on the Commission (out of a normal lineup of five), today they showed that bi-partisan consensus still can exist in...more

Vermont Legislature Passes Fantasy Sports Bill

by Reed Smith on

In a move to become the latest state to regulate daily fantasy sports (“DFS”), the Vermont Legislature has passed a bill defining fantasy sports games and directing the state attorney general and governor’s office to develop...more

Vermont Becomes Second State to Legalize Daily Fantasy Sports in 2017

On Thursday, June 8th, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed into a law a bill that legalizes and regulates the operation of paid-entry fantasy sports contests within the state. Vermont is at least the eleventh state to pass a...more

New Jersey Sports Gaming In Flux: State Moves To Regulate Daily Fantasy Sports While Legalized Sports Betting Faces Greater...

by Ifrah PLLC on

In a highly-anticipated brief by the Solicitor General, the United States argued today that the Supreme Court should not take up New Jersey’s challenge to federal laws preventing it from legalizing sports betting. Despite...more

Horseracing-based Fantasy Sports Game Found Illegal

In a follow up to a lawsuit we previously reported on, a California District Court ruled on summary judgment that a horseracing-based fantasy sports game constitutes illegal wagering....more

Insight: Patchwork of Daily Fantasy Sports Regulations Will Increase Costs and Frustrations for Emerging Industry

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Arkansas has become the most recent state to enact legislation aimed at regulating the Daily Fantasy Sports marketplace. Daily Fantasy Sports, or more commonly known as DFS, is a form of online entertainment where users play...more

Fantasy Golf: A Hole in One

by Ifrah PLLC on

The Masters golf tournament had quite an exciting finish this year and it also was a successful tournament for Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) operators. As reported by Dustin Gouker: “The Masters marked the unofficial start to...more

Georgia Weekly Legislative Update - March 2017 #3

by Dentons on

In passing its own version of the state’s 2018 spending blueprint, the Senate moved one step closer last week to satisfying the General Assembly’s lone constitutional obligation....more

NC Legislative Update - March 2017 #2

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - Final arguments were heard Tuesday for litigation brought by Gov. Cooper (D) over the legality of legislation passed late last year creating the Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement...more

Super Bowl 51: What to Do When the Fantasy is Over and Football Fever Becomes a Work Reality?

Super Bowl 51 is just around the corner, and many of your employees probably already have football fever. According to a January 2016 study conducted by the Workforce Institute at Kronos, 77 percent of American workers...more

Place Your Bets: Will the Trump Administration Support New Jersey’s Push to Expand Sports Gambling?

by Goodwin on

New Jersey’s years-long battle to allow sports gambling received a significant boost from the U.S. Supreme Court last week, which issued an order inviting the Solicitor General to file a brief in the case (known to Court...more

Super Bowl Office Betting – Does it Cross the Line?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Riding her beloved Packers late-game win against the Dallas Cowboys, Allfer Funn, owner of Con Genial, is polishing her cheese head hat and dusting off her Super Bowl Squares Pool from last year in anticipation of the Big...more

States Act to Regulate Fantasy Sports

by Reed Smith on

In attempts to lessen the uncertainty that still surrounds the legality of fantasy sports, Maryland and Florida introduced measures to clarify the rules of the road for the likes of DraftKings Inc. and FanDuel Inc. Maryland’s...more

The Only Color in Gambling is Green—Why Staking is a Security

by Burr & Forman on

The Securities Act of 1933’s catchall for defining a security is the “investment contract.” The landmark case, SEC v Howey, explained that “an investment contract for the purposes of the Securities Act means a contract,...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Fall 2016

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Mean Girls v. The Right of Publicity: Lessons Learned From the Lohan and Gravano Lawsuits - On September 1, 2016, a New York appellate court ended two closely watched right of publicity lawsuits brought by Lindsay...more

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

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

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

And the dream lives on: DraftKings and FanDuel Settle Remaining False Advertising Claims with New York AG

by Reed Smith on

In June, we covered Daily Fantasy Sports (“DFS”) operators’ major legislative victory in New York: a bill legalizing and regulating their business, ending the potential for an outright prohibition on DFS in the state. That...more

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