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Ethics Facing a Gaming Lawyer

Karl Sleight is presenting at the Saratoga Institute on Equine, Racing and Gaming Law, August 10, 2016 in Saratoga Springs on “Ethics Facing a Gaming Lawyer.” Harris Beach is proud to sponsor the Saratoga Institute on Equine, Racing and Gaming Law.  The conference runs August 9-10 with August 9...
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July 29, 2016
Down the Stretch: What is Racing’s Future?

Karl Sleight is presenting at the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States, July 29, 2016 in Boston on  “Down the Stretch:  What is Racing’s Future?” at a special committee session on pari-mutuels. Mr. Sleight's panel will address issues such as the state of the horse-racing indust...
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July 27, 2016
A Look at the NYRA Re-privatization Issue and a Reality Check

The Triple Crown season is now behind us, and in New York that means the historic Saratoga Race Course is getting ready to host some of the greatest thoroughbreds in racing beginning on opening day Friday, July 22. While racing in Saratoga is seasonal, so too it seems is the question surrounding the...
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June 21, 2016
FinCEN’s Casino Crackdown Results in $1Million Penalty Against Sparks Nugget, Inc.

Enforcement Action Also Creates Issues for Casino’s Successor Owner As forecast in our ongoing blog coverage of the federal anti-money laundering (AML) enforcement initiative targeting racing and gaming interests – “FinCEN’s Casino Crackdown, Part I” (January 7, 2015), “Part II” (Janua...
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April 07, 2016
Daily Fantasy Sports Companies Reach Settlements with New York State Attorney General

Today, daily fantasy sports operators DraftKings and FanDuel reached settlements with the Office of the New York State Attorney General concerning the companies’ operations in New York state. The “Provisional Settlement Agreement” essentially is a “time-out” for the ongoing litigation, wit...
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March 21, 2016
NY Appellate Court Grants Stays to DFS Companies

Today, the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division for the First Department granted a stay that will continue to allow DraftKings and FanDuel to operate during the pendency of their appeal.  The decision follows an earlier order at the trial court level directing the companies to cease operations...
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January 11, 2016
2016: The Year in Preview

Welcome to our fourth edition of our annual installment “The Year in Preview.” As we look back on past editions, we are heartened to see that our track record for predicting key issues in the world of gaming, equine racing and breeding is pretty darn good. For 2013 we predicted passage of a comp...
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January 04, 2016
New York Appellate Court Allows DraftKings to Continue in New York

Shortly after a New York state trial court ordered DraftKings and FanDuel to cease operations in New York, the New York State Appellate Division—New York’s mid-level court—stated DraftKings could continue pending its appeal.  The court granted DraftKings an immediate stay of the preliminary i...
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December 11, 2015
DraftKings and FanDuel Ordered to Halt New York Operations

As widely reported today, a New York judge ordered daily fantasy sports (DFS) operators DraftKings and FanDuel to cease operations in New York state.  In doing so, Judge Manuel J. Mendez of New York State Supreme Court for New York County found DFS is most likely an illegal form of gambling under N...
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December 11, 2015
From Fantasy to Reality: DraftKings and FanDuel versus the New York Attorney General

Breaking down the legal, practical and political issues facing the daily fantasy sports sector in New York The sudden entanglements facing daily fantasy sports (DFS) industry leaders DraftKings and FanDuel based on the New York Attorney General’s (NYAG) investigation and cease and desist letter is...
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November 16, 2015