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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
27 Feb 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The parents Thailand's former crown princess Srirasmi Suwadee were arrested Friday after confessing to defamation of the royal family in violation of the nation's lese majeste law [BBC report]. The law, which criminalizes defamation to protect the royal family, carries with it a maximum sentence of 15 years in … [read more]

Legal News
22 Nov 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A federal judge for the US District Court for the District of New Jersey [official website] on Friday ruled [opinion, PDF] that New Jersey cannot partially lift a prohibition on sports betting, a move the state was taking to boost the struggling horse racing and casino industries. The Professional … [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
17 Oct 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] filed a lawsuit [press release] against Sweden on Thursday for failing to change its laws on online betting and poker games that breach EU law on the free movement of services. The EU referred Sweden to the Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] in … [read more]

17 Jul 2014
by Sarah Steers

Open carry laws restrict a person's ability to visibly wear or carry a gun in public. Both open and concealed carry laws vary considerably from state to state. Some state open carry laws differentiate between handguns and long guns, such as rifles and shotguns. Seven states, including California and New … [read more]

Student Commentary
9 Apr 2014
by Aubry Dicks of University of Richmond School of Law
edited by Josh Guckert

JURIST Guest Columnist Aubry Dicks, University of Richmond School of Law, Class of 2014, discusses recent decisions by the National Labor Relations Board concerning student athletes' rights to unionize...In January, the National College Players Association (NCPA) filed a petition on behalf of Kain Colter and other Northwestern University football players … [read more]

Legal News
25 Feb 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Tuesday in Walden v. Fiore [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that when the conduct of the defendant, a Georgia police officer, occurred entirely in Georgia, the mere fact that his conduct affected plaintiffs with connections to Nevada does not authorize jurisdiction over … [read more]

Academic Commentary
7 Dec 2013

JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of the Creighton University School of Law examines the ongoing dispute between China and Japan over the Senkaku Islands ...Last week the US flew two B-52 bombers over the remote, uninhabited Senkaku Island group in a show of force for an audience of one. Whether … [read more]

Legal News
4 Nov 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Monday in two cases. In Walden v. Fiore [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] the court heard arguments on two questions of venue and jurisdiction [Cornell LII backgrounders]. Gina Fiore and Keith Gipson were traveling to Nevada. They were … [read more]

Legal News
18 Sep 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that New Jersey's sports wagering law conflicts with the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) [text] and thus, should not be implemented. PASPA makes sports betting illegal nationwide except in … [read more]

20 Jul 2013
by Andrew Morgan

Lawsuits challenging the enforcement of ACA have argued that the law violates various portions of the Constitution, most notably the Commerce Clause (Art. 1, Section 8, Clause 3), the Tax and Spending Clause (Art. 1, Section 8, Clause 8), the Supremacy Clause (Article VI, clause 2), and the Tenth Amendment. … [read more]

Student Commentary
15 Mar 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Renè DuBois, New York Law School Class of 2013, analyzes the United States v. DiCristina opinion and points out its flaws and limitations...If anyone has ever watched the movie Rounders, they will vividly remember Matt Damon playing the Dean's poker hand without once looking at his cards:You … [read more]

Legal News
5 Mar 2013
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari in one new case [order list, PDF] on Monday. In Walden v. Fiore [cert. petition, PDF; docket] the court will consider two questions of venue and jurisdiction [Cornell LII backgrounders]. First, the court will look at whether a court can exercise … [read more]

Legal News
2 Mar 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of New Jersey [official website] on Thursday upheld a 21-year-old federal law prohibiting gambling, dealing a setback to New Jersey's attempts to legalize sports betting. Judge Michael Shipp ruled [AP report] that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act … [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]

Student Commentary
26 Sep 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Gerard Dondero, University of Nevada William S. Boyd School of Law Class of 2013, argues that while the recent New York district court decision in US v. Dicristina represents a change in the legal analysis of games of skill, most US states still utilize outdated judicial standards … [read more]

Legal News
22 Aug 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York [official website] ruled Tuesday that a poker game operator could not be tried under a federal gambling law essentially because poker is more a game of skill than a game of chance. Judge Jack Weinstein … [read more]

Legal News
9 Aug 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Professional and college sports leagues filed a lawsuit [complaint text, PDF] against the state of New Jersey Monday trying to enjoin a new law that would legalize sports gambling. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Football League (NFL), the National Hockey League (NHL), … [read more]

Professional Commentary
10 Jan 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Patrick Fleming, Litigation Support Director at the Poker Players Alliance, says that the recent decision by the Department of Justice to permit online non-sports gambling has bolstered the legitimacy of Internet betting, but the gambling landscape remains a patchwork of many distinct standards and statutory definitions...On December … [read more]

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