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|Raffles: The Difference between Fundraising and Gambling in Illinois|
Stacy Crabtree; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
July 26, 2016, previously published on Spring 2016Raffles are often used by organizations for fundraising purposes. However, Illinois law suggests that unless the raffle is licensed and operated in accordance with the Raffles and Poker Runs Act, 230 ILCS § 15/0.01 et seq., (Raffles Act) and applicable local laws, raffles are illegal gambling...
|U.S. State Department Selects FY 2017 Diversity Visa Lottery Winners|
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
July 20, 2016, previously published on May 5, 2016The U.S. State Department has chosen the winners of the Fiscal Year 2017 Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery. Foreign nationals who entered the lottery can visit the official Entrant Status Check website to learn whether they were selected to submit an application for permanent residence.
|Equal Pay for Equal Play - U.S. Women’s National Team Files Wage Discrimination Claim Against U.S. Soccer|
Jillian M. Collins; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
June 17, 2016, previously published on April 5, 2016Five members of the U.S. women’s national soccer team, including stars Carli Lloyd, Hope Solo and Alex Morgan, filed a complaint at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the U.S. Soccer Federation alleging that they are paid almost four times less than the men’s national...
|It’s A Wrap! Sony Pictures Data Breach Case Settles Without a Hollywood Ending For the Plaintiff Class|
Kevin M. McGinty; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
June 17, 2016, previously published on April 11, 2016Everyone loves a good courtroom drama. So just imagine this pitch: henchmen of an evil dictator hack their way into a movie studio computer system. Once inside, they steal the most sensitive personal information of the studio’s stars, executives and employees. Their most intimate secrets,...
|Virginia Becomes First State to Formally Regulate Daily Fantasy Sports|
James B. Rixey; Vandeventer Black LLP;
June 5, 2016, previously published on May 2016On March 7, 2016, Governor McAuliffe signed into law the Fantasy Contests Act (the “Act”), making Virginia the first state to formally regulate daily fantasy sports websites such as DraftKings and FanDuel. The Act distinguishes these daily fantasy sports websites from illegal gambling...
|CIC Establishes LMIA Exemptions for Television and Film Production Workers and Performing Artists|
Henry J. Chang; Blaney McMurtry LLP;
June 5, 2016, previously published on April 20, 2016On February 3, 2016, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) announced two new categories of work permits exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (“LMIA”) requirement, pursuant to Section 205 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations:
|Attorneys General Issue Negative Opinions on Daily Fantasy Sports|
David M. Kall, Susan Millradt McGlone; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
June 2, 2016, previously published on April 28, 2016One of the most important features of Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) contests is their characterization as games of skill, not chance. If they were games of chance, they would be considered to be illegal gambling activities in many jurisdictions. The Fantasy Sports Trade Association justifies this...
|New York: Attorney General Cracks Down on Tax Fraud by Art Dealers|
David Ebersole, David M. Kall, Susan Millradt McGlone; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
June 2, 2016, previously published on May 17, 2016In early May, New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that his office is “committed to rooting out tax abuses wherever we find them, especially in the art world, where the difference can be hundreds of thousands - if not millions - of dollars in lost tax revenue per...
|The NFL Deflategate Scandal — The Second Half|
Clifford J. Hart; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
May 26, 2016, previously published on April 27, 2016In September 2015, we reported on the U.S. District Court's decision to overturn ("vacate") the four-game suspension issued by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tom Brady of the New England Patriots for his role in the "deflategate" scandal ("Fantasy Football ¿ Lessons...
|Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Bucks Antitrust Claims by Elite Rodeo Association|
Thomas F. Allen, Thomas R. (Tom) Jackson, J. Bruce McDonald, Thomas D. (Tom) York; Jones Day;
May 19, 2016, previously published on February 2016A Texas federal district court recently rejected an attempt to enjoin preliminarily the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association from enforcing its bylaws restricting competing activities of its members. Though plaintiffs have since voluntarily dismissed the complaint, the decision on the injunction...