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An Update On New Jersey’s Fight To...

Gamblers in New Jersey take note – November 8, 2011 may become a recognized holiday for you.  On that day, New Jersey voters passed a state constitutional amendment to allow sports betting at casinos and racetracks.  The measure was passed 64% to 36%.  A New Jersey Senate state government and wagering committee has already cleared enacting legislation.  New Jersey governor Chris Christie has stated that he will not have any problems signing the bill into law. What is still standing in the way?  Certainly the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of...
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Lawsuit Filed To End New York’s Li...

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), through its parent company Zuffa, LLC has filed a Complaint (along with a variety of popular Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters, people who cover the sport on websites, trainers, and others named as Plaintiffs) in the U.S. District Court Southern District of New York.  The gist of the Complaint is revealed in Paragraph 3 of the Complaint (which has a total of 316 paragraphs, not including exhibits).  Paragraph 3 begins by stating, “Despite the huge popularity of MMA across this country and throughout the world,...
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First Amendment Challenge to Banning Stu...

French Englightenment writer, historian and philosopher François-Marie Arouet (also known as Voltaire) once stated, ”I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”  If Voltaire were alive today, he would likely be very displeased that many institutions of higher education are banning certain groups of athletes from using Twitter.  While these student-athletes may not always have the most intelligent things to say on the medium, and may at times put the institutions that they represent in jeopardy with the NCAA, they...
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Google Buzz Class Action Settlement

Last night, Google sent out a “mandatory announcement” to all Gmail users in the United States as part of a legal settlement, which was authorized by the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The note stipulated that Google has reached a settlement in a lawsuit regarding Google Buzz, a service Google launched within Gmail in February 2010. Shortly after Google Buzz’s launch, many Gmail users voiced their concern about potential breach of their privacy.  Google ended up being sued by a group of Buzz users, but recently...
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There Is No Real Privacy On Facebook And...

If you get sued in court, will your Facebook privacy settings protect you from opposing counsel’s request for electronic discovery?  If that information is material and necessary for the opposition’s case and the need for the information outweighs any privacy concerns, then that “private” information might be available, no matter what privacy settings you set for your profile.  And not even deleted information is safe from the grasp of the court. The material and necessary standard is not the hardest for a party to overcome.  In the context of...
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Internet Gambling Ban Not Discriminatory

In May 2010, I had an article published titled, The Plight of PASPA: It’s Time to Pull the Plug on the Prohibition.  It argues that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, which denies 46 states from adopting any type of state-sponsored sports betting scheme, has an outdated purpose and is in violation of the Tenth Amendment and Commerce Clause within the United States Constitution. The State of Washington is one of the 46 states that cannot have a state-sponsored sports betting scheme.  The state also bans all internet gambling.  Last month,...