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Legal News
4 Dec 2015
by Taylor Gillan

Ecuador's National Assembly [official website, in Spanish] on Thursday passed a constitutional amendment lifting presidential term limits, beginning in 2021. The 16 constitutional amendments were approved in a vote of 100-8 in a legislature where sitting President Rafael Correa's political party, Alianza Pais [party website, in Spanish], has a two-thirds … [read more]

Legal News
11 Nov 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

Federal prosecutors in New York announced [press release] Tuesday that they are expanding criminal charges [indictment, PDF] against the three individuals responsible for orchestrating a massive computer hack against financial institutions, brokerage firms and financial news publishers. Gery Shalon, Joshua Aaron and Ziv Orenstein allegedly hacked JP Morgan Chase and … [read more]

Legal News
26 Aug 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] against New Jersey Tuesday, deciding 2-1 to uphold the federal ban on sports betting in all but four states. New Jersey has been trying to legalize sports betting at its casinos and racetracks since 2009, … [read more]

Legal News
1 Nov 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Ecuador [official website, in Spanish] on Friday ruled [press release, PDF, in Spanish] that congress may vote on proposal to allow unlimited re-election terms. The case was brought to the court by the ruling Alianza Pais [party website, in Spanish] party, which proposed indefinite re-election … [read more]

Legal News
10 Oct 2014
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] on Thursday overturned [order, PDF] the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin's [official website] decision [order, PDF] that upheld a state statute prohibiting night hunting outside of Native American tribal reservations. Although state jurisdiction over … [read more]

Student Commentary
10 Oct 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Kathryn Young, University of Virginia School of Law Class of 2013, argues that gambling can effectively increase states' revenue and should be viewed outside of its negative connotations...The recent New Jersey law [PDF] condoning sports betting at the state's casinos and racetracks has sparked much debate about … [read more]

Legal News
6 Sep 2012
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] The Michigan Supreme Court [court website] on Wednesday ordered [opinion, PDF] three proposed constitutional amendments to appear on the ballot during the November election. The court's decision outlined four proposed amendments, approving three of them for general approval by the voters. The three approved measures include a union-backed measure … [read more]

Student Commentary
13 Aug 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Gerald Carr, Michigan State Univeristy College of Law Class of 2013, examines the challenges that the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians face over building a casino on land that is not part of their reservation...The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe currently operates five casinos in Michigan's … [read more]

Legal News
15 Feb 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The US District Court for District of Colorado [official website] ruled [decision, PDF] on Monday that tribal sovereign immunity [NCAI backgrounder] applies to online money-lending sites. The court ruled that the defendants, members of several Native American tribes, did not waive all sovereign immunity claims when their online business … [read more]

Legal News
9 Nov 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] New Jersey voters on Tuesday ratified Public Question 1 [senate resolution text, PDF] by a 65 percent margin, amending the New Jersey constitution [text] to legalize sports gambling in the state despite a continued federal ban. The referendum, in defiance of the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act … [read more]

Legal News
8 May 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] Ecuadorian voters on Saturday approved [results, in Spanish] a series of judicial, social and other governmental reforms backed by President Rafael Correa [official website, in Spanish; BBC profile]. The judicial reforms will dissolve the standing oversight body and replace it with a temporary body to oversee the restructuring of … [read more]

Legal News
9 Sep 2010
by Megan McKee

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] ruled [judgment text] Thursday that Austria's state gambling monopoly, which blocks foreign casino companies from the licensing process, is incompatible with EU law. The court held that allowing only domestic operators to apply for licenses constituted such a difference in treatment … [read more]

Legal News
1 Jul 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] A Russian law outlawing gambling in most of the country went into effect Wednesday, with authorities shutting down casinos and confiscating gambling machines. The law, passed [NYT report] in 2007, bans gaming in Russia's cities and towns, but designates some remote areas [BBC report] of the country where gambling … [read more]

Legal News
16 Nov 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Friday ruled [opinion, PDF] that tribal sovereign immunity [NCAI backgrounder] applies to lawsuits brought in federal court dealing with the profit-making businesses of Indian tribes. In Cook v. Avi Casino Enterprises, Christopher Cook filed suit against Avi … [read more]

Legal News
10 Feb 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia [official website] Friday upheld [opinion, PDF] a 2004 ruling [text, PDF] that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) [official website] had jurisdiction over tribunal businesses including casinos, placing the tribes under the National Labor Relations Act [text], which bars … [read more]

Legal News
6 Nov 2006
by Melissa Bancroft

[JURIST] Lawyers for a southern California Indian tribe argued before the US DC Circuit Court of Appeals Monday that the tribe is exempt from the National Labor Relations Act [text] on grounds of tribal sovereignty. The San Manuel tribe [website] is appealing a 2004 ruling [PDF text] which asserted National … [read more]

Legal News
21 Oct 2006
by Geoff Leung

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia [official website] has ruled that the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) [official website], does not have authority to regulate how certain games, including blackjack and slot machines, are run on Indian casinos. The dispute arose in 2001, when the … [read more]

Legal News
21 Oct 2006
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] US District Judge Lewis Babcock upheld Colorado's ban on smoking in indoor public places Friday, despite allegations that it discriminates in favor of casinos at the expense of bar owners. Babcock dismissed a suit challenging the constitutionality of the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act [PDF], which since July 1 … [read more]

Legal News
8 Oct 2006
by Melissa Bancroft

[JURIST] Russian immigration officials have proposed stricter migrant laws hard on the heels of a call [text of speech] by President Vladimir Putin [official profile] to crack down on illegal immigrants at a Thursday cabinet meeting. The proposals include harsher penalties for businesses that employ illegal migrants, restricting border crossings, … [read more]

Legal News
10 Mar 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] US Interior Secretary Gale Norton [official profile] resigned from the Bush cabinet Friday after a five-year run, and will officially leave office at the end of March. In her resignation letter [DOI press release], the former Colorado Attorney General told the President that her decision was motivated by a … [read more]

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