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When Gamers Become Plaintiffs – Arbitration Clauses for the Win

When Gamers Become Plaintiffs – Arbitration Clauses for the Win

February 23, 2024

When Gamers Become Plaintiffs – Arbitration Clauses for the Win

By: Michelle Cohen

Online businesses, including gaming companies, frequently include arbitration clauses in their “terms and conditions” or other policies when consumers register for their services. These clauses notify users that disputes will be subject to private arbitration by an appointed neutral arbitrator, usually the American Arbitration Association or JAMS.  Businesses favor arbitration for several reasons, including reduced costs of litigation, expediency, confidentiality, and requiring that matters be addressed on an individual (not class) basis. Over the past several years, parties have challenged arbitration clauses and urged courts to reject mandatory arbitration and to allow the plaintiffs (including class action plaintiffs) to “have their day in court.”  Recently, in a case involving the online gaming company Fliff in California, [1] the federal district…

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Fast-Paced, Multi-Pronged Partnership Deal Lets London Financial Giant Access U.S. iGaming Market

February 15, 2024

Fast-Paced, Multi-Pronged Partnership Deal Lets London Financial Giant Access U.S. iGaming Market

By: Jeff Ifrah

A global payment processor—#11 on CNBC’s 2022 Disruptor 50 list—sought out Ifrah Law for a pathway into payment processing for regulated sports betting operators in the U.S. iGaming market. Ifrah Law mapped a licensing and compliance strategy, kindled a partnership with one of America’s biggest sports brands, and orchestrated a seamless entry into the lucrative payment processing realm for leading companies in regulated sports betting….

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Super Bowl LVIII’s Record-Breaking Number of Bettors Illustrates Benefits and Success of Legalization

February 7, 2024

Super Bowl LVIII’s Record-Breaking Number of Bettors Illustrates Benefits and Success of Legalization

By: Jake Gray

In the five or so years since the Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in Murphy v. NCAA, which gave way for state legislatures to legalize sports betting, more than 35 states have done so. Each successive year seems to be a record breaker for the sports betting industry as states continue to legalize and regulate the industry, offering a…

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A New Turn for Washington State’s Online Poker Law

October 15, 2010

A New Turn for Washington State’s Online Poker Law

By: Ifrah Law

After the unanimous rejection by the Washington State Supreme Court of a lawsuit that attempted to overturn the state’s draconian ban on online poker, proponents of the game now say that they’re going to go to the state legislature and try to get the law repealed, rather than pursue the challenge in the U.S. Supreme Court. On Sept. 23, 2010, the state court rejected the…

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Poker, as a Game of Skill, Is Beyond Reach of Gaming Laws

July 9, 2010

Poker, as a Game of Skill, Is Beyond Reach of Gaming Laws

By: Ifrah Law

The highly regarded British publication The Economist has just published an interesting article that strongly makes the case that poker is a game of skill, not a game of chance. The article notes that poker is, of course, big business these days, pointing to a consultant’s estimate that the online poker market amounts to $4.9 billion worldwide, with $1.4 billion of that being spent in…

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Not so Fast Kentucky

November 2, 2009

Not so Fast Kentucky

By: Ifrah Law

When the Commonwealth of Kentucky petitioned the Franklin Circuit County Court to seize www.fulltiltpoker.com, Pocket Kings Limited, asked a U.K Chancery Court to injoin FTP’s registrar, Safenames Limited, from complying with the Kentucky trial court order.  In an order dated October 22, 2009, the Chancery Court granted Pocket King’s request and declared that Safenames shall not comply with any present or future seizure order from the Commonwealth…

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Kentucky Supreme Court Considers Poker

November 2, 2009

Kentucky Supreme Court Considers Poker

By: Ifrah Law

On October 22, 2009, the Supreme Court of Kentucky heard oral arguments in the above referenced case. The case originated when the Commonwealth of Kentucky filed civil seizure and forfeiture proceedings against 141 domain names – virtually all of which offered or involved internet gaming. The Commonwealth contended that domain names constitute gambling devices under state law and as such were subject to seizure under…

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When Gamers Become Plaintiffs – Arbitration Clauses for the Win

When Gamers Become Plaintiffs – Arbitration Clauses for the Win
By: Michelle Cohen

Fast-Paced, Multi-Pronged Partnership Deal Lets London Financial Giant Access U.S. iGaming Market

Fast-Paced, Multi-Pronged Partnership Deal Lets London Financial Giant Access U.S. iGaming Market
By: Jeff Ifrah

Super Bowl LVIII’s Record-Breaking Number of Bettors Illustrates Benefits and Success of Legalization

Super Bowl LVIII’s Record-Breaking Number of Bettors Illustrates Benefits and Success of Legalization
By: Jake Gray

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