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Regulation Round Up - February 2018

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

1 February - The European Commission ("EC") launched the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum in order to highlight key developments of blockchain technology, promote and reinforce European engagement with multiple...more

At Stake: March 2018

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Happy (almost) Spring! The Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) held a special meeting on March 7th in Chicago. Before we provide a synopsis of both the Riverboat and Video Gaming meetings, we wanted to take a few moments to discuss...more

No contractual duty to protect spread betters against themselves

by Allen & Overy LLP on

A spread betting company owed no contractual duty to protect a customer from his own gambling addiction or considered choices. “Very clear express words” would be required to give rise to a contractual duty to protect parties...more

Providing For De Novo Review of Award Can Invalidate The Arbitration Agreement

A recent decision from the 10th Circuit shows there is a whole new way to invalidate an arbitration agreement. In Citizen Potawatomi Nation v. Oklahoma, 2018 WL 718606 (10th Cir. Feb. 6, 2018), the court found the...more

Supreme Court to Decide Future of Sports Betting: Implications for Tribal Casinos

by WilmerHale on

The Supreme Court’s forthcoming decision in Christie v. National Collegiate Athletic Association (Nos. 16-476, 16-477) will have profound implications for sports betting in the United States and will potentially open the door...more

Japan Integrated Resorts Update

by DLA Piper on

Where have we come since December 15, 2016, when the Japanese National Diet passed the Integrated Resort Promotion Act (IRPA), which is the basic framework legislation for integrated resorts (IRs) and the introduction of...more

At Stake - February 2018

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In very snowy Chicago weather, the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) held its monthly meeting on February 9, 2018. Only the very brave attended! RIVERBOAT- After the approval of the meeting minutes from the January 2018...more

Internet Gambling, Cryptocurrency and IRS Enforcement

by Sanford Millar on

Could Internet Gambling Sites be one of their targets? There are numerous on-line interactive casinos that accept cryptocurrency as a medium of funding player accounts. The use of cryptocurrency presents a new enforcement...more

How Can Employers Compete with this Sporting Trifecta? The Super Bowl, Olympics, and March Madness Approach

by Littler on

Beginning with the Super Bowl on February 4, 2018, Americans can enjoy three doses of the thrill of victory (and the agony of defeat) over the course of two months. Opening ceremonies for the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang,...more

At Stake

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Happy New Year! The Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) held its monthly meeting on January 9, 2018 in Chicago. If the meeting is any indication of changes to come, 2018 may turn out to be an interesting year for Video Gaming....more

The Perverse Impact Of Indiana’s Proposed “Integrity Fee” In Sports Gaming

by Ifrah PLLC on

Anticipating a positive ruling from the Supreme Court in Christie vs. NCAA, legislators in Indiana have introduced a new sports wagering bill. Unfortunately, the bill includes a previously unseen poison pill in the form of a...more

2018 Georgia Legislative Session Preview

by Dentons on

After clearing the cobwebs from the General Assembly's levers of power, Georgia lawmakers arriving in Atlanta today will find no shortage of thorny propositions awaiting them: budget priorities, rural development and...more

Summary of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”) was signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 22, 2017. The Act changes many provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, from individual and business provisions, to...more

Apple Requires Disclosure of Odds for Loot Boxes

Apple just announced a number of changes to its App Store Review Guidelines, including the requirement that apps offering “loot boxes” or other mechanisms that provide randomized virtual items for purchase must disclose the...more

Nevada’s Gaming Policy Committee Convenes To Discuss Marijuana And The Gaming Industry

by Dickinson Wright on

How far do Nevada’s casinos need to go to police marijuana use by their customers? Can a casino resort allow a marijuana industry conference to utilize its convention facilities? What practices do casinos need to follow...more

The Legality of Loot Boxes – Update

We recently blogged on legal issues with loot boxes as a game mechanic, and some of the scrutiny to which they are being subjected. The debate continues on whether loot boxes are an illegal gambling mechanic, but at least for...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

At Stake

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) held its monthly meeting on November 16, 2017 in Chicago. Before discussing the summary of the meeting, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind licensees that while the holiday season is...more

How Phil Ivey fundamentally changed the concept of dishonesty in English criminal law

by White & Case LLP on

The card game Punto Banco (a form of baccarat) is a straight game of chance. Or at least it should be, according to the UK Supreme Court, who found that Phil Ivey, a legend in the professional gambling world, cheated...more

Pennsylvania Gaming Act Amendment Highlights

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On October 30, 2017, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed House Bill 271 into law as Act 42. The law amends the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act. Among the amendments, Act 42 authorizes interactive gaming...more

Dishonesty Test in Criminal Law

by King & Spalding on

The Supreme Court has made a substantial change to the test for dishonesty in the criminal law. Since 1982 the two stage test setout in R v Ghosh [1982] QB 1053 by the Court of Appeal has been the approach taken by the...more

Oh My Ghosh! A New Test for Dishonesty in Criminal Law…

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In a case brought before it by a professional gambler, on 25 October 2017 the Supreme Court cast the die for the second limb of the test for dishonesty, originally set out in R v. Ghosh [1982], to be overturned....more

Are Loot Boxes An Illegal Gambling Mechanic?

A member of the United Kingdom’s Parliament has opened an inquiry into the legality of loot boxes. Loot boxes are virtual items that may be redeemed to receive a randomized selection of additional virtual items. Various...more

Paid to Post? #FTCAdvice for Influencers

In our previous blog post, “#CAUTION: FTC Ramps Up Enforcement of and Education on Social Media Influencer Disclosure Requirements,” we discussed a recent Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) settlement and the FTC’s...more

At Stake

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

L’Shana Tova! The Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) held its monthly meeting on Rosh Hashanah, September 21, 2017, in Chicago. Below is a brief summary of the events of the Riverboat and Video Gaming meetings in which all Board...more

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