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Ontario Lottery Survives Legal Challenge by the Mohawk Council of the Kahnawà:ke

Ontario Lottery Survives Legal Challenge by the Mohawk Council of the Kahnawà:ke

May 20, 2024

Ontario Lottery Survives Legal Challenge by the Mohawk Council of the Kahnawà:ke

By: Jeffrey Hamlin

The Ontario Superior Court handed a clean victory to Ontario’s internet gaming (“iGaming”) regulator and Attorney General last Monday, when it declared that Ontario’s regime for online gaming comports with Canada’s Constitution and Criminal Code. The much-anticipated decision disposed of a lawsuit that the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (the “Council”) filed in November 2022, alleging that (i) Canadian law prohibits lottery schemes (to include sports wagering games) that are not “managed and conducted” by a provincial government, and (ii) iGaming Ontario or iGO (the regulator) does not “manage” or “conduct” online lottery games as required by law, but outsources that work to private-sector gaming operators instead. The Court was not persuaded and rendered judgment for Ontario. Canada’s Criminal Code prohibits…

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Sports Betting Advertisement Numbers Actually Decreasing

May 2, 2024

Sports Betting Advertisement Numbers Actually Decreasing

By: Jordan Briggs

Legal online sportsbetting, is still relatively new in America.[1] Over the last six years, as more states have legalized online sportsbetting, Americans have noticed more and more ads, leaving some feeling inundated with these ads.[2] But have Americans really seen more online sportsbetting ads, or have they only noticed more ads? Today, the American Gaming Association (“AGA”) published a summary of its research finding that…

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Ad-Tech Europe: The Moving Target Marking Targeted Advertising

April 26, 2024

Ad-Tech Europe: The Moving Target Marking Targeted Advertising

By: Nicole Kardell

The European Data Protection Board (“EDPB”) recently published an opinion on the legality of pay-or-consent models for online platforms offering services in Europe.  While the opinion is non-binding and limited to “large online platforms[1],” companies that offer platforms large and small in Europe should pay attention to the EDPB’s analysis—it will inform their future guidance for entities large and small. The upshot: Pay-or-consent models [for…

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New York Mah Jong Ruling May Help Cause of Online Poker

January 29, 2012

New York Mah Jong Ruling May Help Cause of Online Poker

By: Rachel Hirsch

Mah Jong, the ancient Chinese tile-based table game, can now count itself as a winner in the old debate of games of skill vs. games of chance, according to a New York state judge, who recently ruled that the game demands more than luck. On January 4, 2012, Criminal Court Judge John H. Wilson declared in People v. Feng that “the court declines to declare…

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New DOJ Opinion Paves Way to Legal Online Poker

December 26, 2011

New DOJ Opinion Paves Way to Legal Online Poker

By: Ifrah Law

On December 23, 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice revealed that it has reversed a long-held position by stating that the Wire Act applies only to sports betting. This marks a major change in policy for DOJ, which has long contended that the Wire Act prohibits all forms of Internet gambling, including poker. Late that day, the DOJ released a 13-page legal opinion dated September…

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Illinois Court Ruling Upholds State’s New Video Gaming Act

August 2, 2011

Illinois Court Ruling Upholds State’s New Video Gaming Act

By: Ifrah Law

In a 7-0 decision, the Illinois Supreme Court recently upheld legislation that will allow video gaming in the state for the first time. Earlier this month, the court ruled in favor of the Illinois legislature’s 2009 omnibus bill for funding capital projects that included the Video Gaming Act. The legislation had been challenged by Chicago Blackhawks owner and liquor distributor Rockwell Wirtz as violating the…

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Massachusetts Cracks Down on Gambling at Internet Cafes

July 15, 2011

Massachusetts Cracks Down on Gambling at Internet Cafes

By: Ifrah Law

Last month, citing evidence that illegal gambling was going on at “Internet cafés” throughout the state, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley issued a new permanent regulation banning gambling at such places. The regulation bans the operation of establishments “where a gambling purpose predominates over the bona fide sale of bona fide goods or services” – in this case, cyber cafés and phone card video game terminals….

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DC Attorney General Testifies That DC Online Gaming Law Does Not Violate Federal Law

June 30, 2011

DC Attorney General Testifies That DC Online Gaming Law Does Not Violate Federal Law

By: Ifrah Law

The D.C. Council held a hearing on June 29, 2011, to discuss the implementation of a new law that is scheduled to go into full effect on Sept. 8, allowing legal online gaming within the D.C city limits. This would make the District of Columbia the first jurisdiction in the United States to legalize online gaming for money. The hearing also marked the first time…

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Ontario Lottery Survives Legal Challenge by the Mohawk Council of the Kahnawà:ke

Ontario Lottery Survives Legal Challenge by the Mohawk Council of the Kahnawà:ke
By: Jeffrey Hamlin

Sports Betting Advertisement Numbers Actually Decreasing

Sports Betting Advertisement Numbers Actually Decreasing
By: Jordan Briggs

Ad-Tech Europe: The Moving Target Marking Targeted Advertising

Ad-Tech Europe: The Moving Target Marking Targeted Advertising
By: Nicole Kardell

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