Two new developments are taking shape today.  This morning, the first legal online poker site in more than two years, UltimatePoker.com, went live in Nevada.  And In New York, new life has been breathed into a floundering bill that would authorize brick and mortar casinos within the State. Online Poker in the U.S. Goes Live…

Deceptive Marketing Allegations Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has entered into a voluntary court-ordered agreement with T-Mobile addressing alleged deceptive marketing associated with T-Mobile’s campaign promoting “no restrictions,” “no annual contract” wireless service plans.  According to Ferguson, the “no contract” claim is deceptive because there are, potentially, hidden costs and penalties. For example, if…

A new California bill addressing sports betting is beginning to gain traction.  The bill, which would legalize sports betting within the State if the 1992 federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) prohibiting sports betting is repealed or amended, was unanimously approved by the Senate Committee on Governmental Organization on Tuesday.  The bill will…

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently entered a judgment against a telemarketing corporation, NHS Systems, Inc., and five principals, for violating the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Act and associated enforcement regulations, laid out in the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR).   The defendants were accused of operating a telemarketing campaign, in…

New Regulations Coming for Payday Lenders According to multiple sources, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency are expected to issue new guidelines this week governing certain aspects of short term loans (also referred to as “payday loans” and “cash advances”), as well as the way that…

In a previous post, we detailed the recent developments involving Nevada’s law authorizing interstate poker compacts with partnering states. In another unprecedented first, it appears that Nevada may allow fantasy sports players to pool their resources and bet collectively. Details of Nevada Senate Bill 346 Last week, Nevada Senate Bill 346 was introduced to the…

Following the lead of Delaware, New Jersey, Nevada, Illinois, New York, California, Massachusetts and several other states, today the Pennsylvania legislature introduced House Bill 1235, which would effectively legalize online gambling within the Commonwealth’s borders.  The online gambling bill has already been assigned to a legislative committee, which will soon determine if the bill will…

Today the Massachusetts legislature attached an addendum to its 2014 fiscal year budget proposal calling for the legalization and regulation of online poker.  The addendum was sponsored by no less than 18 Massachusetts State Representatives and, like the law passed in Nevada, will be limited only to online poker.  Other Internet gambling games, such as…

FTC Cramming Charges As part of the increased regulatory focus on the mobile marketing space, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) brought suit against Wise Media, LLC, Brian M. Buckley and William J. Deloney, alleging mobile telephone bill “cramming” in violation of the FTC Act and other applicable laws.  “Cramming” is the act of placing unauthorized…

The distinction between multi-level marketing programs vs. pyramid schemes may seem slight to the casual observer, but the subtle difference between the two will determine if your company is engaging in an illegal activity or not. Pyramid Schemes vs. Multi-Level Marketing Programs Most pyramid schemes require that participants pay money in return for two things:…

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