Nevada Touts in a Bout

The United States Supreme Court (the Supreme Court) recently ended a nearly six-year legal battle regarding the constitutionality of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). In Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, 138 S. Ct. 1461 (2018), the Supreme Court, with Justice Alito authoring the majority opinion, joined by Chief Justice Roberts, and …

Federal Trade Commission Workshop on Online Event Ticket Sales

Online event ticket sales have been a common topic of complaints filed with the Federal Trade Commission so much so that the Commission has announced it will hold a public workshop on March 27, 2019.  The Release states, “Issues that frequently arise in connection with online event ticket sales include practices that prevent consumers from …

Social Trivia Offerings Go Viral Amplifying the Importance of Compliance

HQ Trivia has taken the country by storm. HQ Trivia is an app and trivia game, released in  August 2017 on iOS and later for Android in December 2017. The app has seen viral success by successfully turning Jeopardy! into a live smartphone game show. Now, HQ is coming out with a new show format: HQ Words, …

Social Gaming Scrutiny by Global Gaming Regulators

An open letter signed by 16 international gambling regulators, which includes the Washington State Gambling Commission, stated they are “increasingly concerned with the risks being posed by the blurring of lines between gambling and other forms of digital entertainment.” The regulators intend to analyze characteristics of social gaming and video games and, in the letter, …

Apple Takes Tougher Stance on Gambling Apps

Interesting story regarding Apple’s crackdown on gambling-related apps: Click here to read the story. As noted in the article, the ban appears to be, at least initially, a result of Norway requesting that Apple ban all gambling apps from its app store in that country. If you have questions regarding this or need legal assistance in …

U.S. Credit Cards Hedging on Sports Betting

Months after the momentous U.S. Supreme Court decision permitting states to regulate sports betting, and the subsequent introduction of sports betting in several states (including DraftKings’ launch of the first mobile sports betting app in New Jersey) the focus now shifts to if and how U.S. credit card issuers will help fund such activities. Currently, …

Partner and Chair of Commercial Gaming Group, Karl Rutledge, Participates in Roundtable Discussion

On January 17, 2018, Partner and Chair of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie’s Commercial Gaming group, Karl Rutledge,  along with other leaders in the gaming industry, participated in a roundtable discussion hosted by Gaming Law Review which explored the important debate relative to the concepts of skill and chance. To read the full transcript of the …