The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has unsealed indictments against 34 individuals and 23 companies that, allegedly, have been associated with Legendz Sports – an online sports betting operation.  According to the indictment, certain aspects of the operation were based out of Panama and Costa Rica, but the websites in question were offering telephone-based…

We have previously discussed on this blog what to do when the state attorney general contacts you.  While the stakes are typically higher and the cases usually larger when the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) contacts you, many of the same strategies must be employed, immediately, in order to protect your business and yourself and to…

As previously discussed on this blog, last month, the Florida legislature passed a bill that outlaws Internet sweepstakes cafes (or “sweepstakes parlors”) in seeming response to a scandal involving the Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll and her in involvement in Florida-based Internet sweepstakes cafes.  The scandal led to Lieutenant Governor Carroll’s eventual resignation.  Yesterday, Governor Rick…

What Is a Consultant Agreement? A Consultant Agreement (or Consulting Agreement) is a contract between a consultant and his/her/its client that sets forth the terms and conditions that will govern the relationship between those parties – including the type of consulting services that the consultant will perform, and the compensation associated therewith. Hiring a consultant, rather than a…

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently released a staff report focusing on a topic that has been in the spotlight for the better part of a decade: mobile payments, (i.e. the payment for goods/services executed through the operation of a mobile device).  The FTC conducted a survey of 1,000 of the most successful executives in…

Over the course of writing this blog, we have focused on several states that are exploring legislation to legalize online gaming, including  New York, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, New Jersey and Texas.  Our post today looks at the only other state besides Utah that has attempted to ban all forms of Internet gambling within its borders: Kansas. Specifics of Online Gambling Ban…

What is Sweepstakes Law? Trying to understand the intricacies of sweepstakes law can be a daunting task. Sweepstakes are marketing promotions that provide customers with an entry into a drawing of chance that gives them the opportunity to win a specific prize, product or service. Prizes for sweepstakes can vary in value from as little…

Earlier this week, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) sent a letter to six different data broker entities warning them that sharing consumers’ rental histories with current or prospective landlords could subject the data brokers to certain requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”).  This warning comes on the heels of the FTC’s decision in…

If you have been following this blog, you know that Nevada is at the forefront of the Internet gambling industry.  Last November, we informed you that the Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC) and the Nevada State Gaming Control Board (NSGCB) issued the first license permitting a company to market online poker within the State of Nevada. …

In recent comments made to an NPR reporter, Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois indicated that he did not support an online gambling bill that recently passed an Illinois State Senate Committee (and was later updated).  The online gambling bill would allow businesses that received the proper licenses from the Illinois Lottery’s Division of Internet Gaming…

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