Gaming and gambling in the United States have undergone tremendous growth and transformation over the last decade, and the vast landscape of legal and regulatory hurdles is changing daily. Goodwin Procter's Gaming, Gambling & Sweepstakes practice has launched a new blog aimed at helping operating companies, entrepreneurs and investors stay on top of the complex and rapidly shifting legal and regulatory issues affecting gambling and gaming in the United States.

 

eSports Lawsuit Over For Now, But State Action May Follow

On October 4, 2016, a federal judge in the Western District of Washington dismissed a suit against Valve Corporation (“Valve”) alleging that Valve and third-party websites had facilitated online gambling in violation of state gambling and consumer protection laws, in addition to a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)…

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Massachusetts Gaming Update: One Slots Parlor Is Enough

On Election Day, Massachusetts residents said “yes, please” to marijuana, but “no, thank you” to an additional fruit machine in the Commonwealth.  Ballot Question 1 would have expanded the Commonwealth’s Gaming Act to allow the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to license another slots parlor, but was rejected with 61% voting against…

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Massachusetts Gaming Update: The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's Revised Game Plan

Tribal gaming may have endured a setback, but perhaps not a complete elimination in the Massachusetts gaming arena. When a U.S. District Court judge determined the federal government erred in approving the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s reservation in Taunton, the Tribe’s First Light Casino plans waned – temporarily.  Last week, Judge…

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Caesars Back in Bankruptcy Court

Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. Inc. (“Caesars”) appeared in bankruptcy court for the third time this year to request that creditors be stayed from seeking an $11 billion dollar judgment against the casino operator’s nondebtor parent. The original stay was set to expire on August 29, 2016. Caesars hoped to convince…

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