Attorney General  Martha Coakley  dealt the anti-casino forces a serious blow by trying to block a ballot question that would repeal the state’s casino law.  Now, one of her would-be successors, Maura Healey is arguing for putting the casino repeal on the ballot.
The decision to develop Kambi  as a separate B2B business within the Group was taken in 2010.  Kambi provides a premium fully-managed sports betting service to Unibet and to eight other B2B clients across Europe and internationally. Visit www.kambi .com for more information about Kambi  and its operations.
“We have learned time and time again throughout history that prohibition is not the solution for protecting consumers and actually does more harm than good,” said John Pappas, executive director of the PPA. “We cannot stand by and allow for misguided legislation to reverse the incredible advancements we have made in consumer and player protections and the ability of the individual states to determine whether to regulate online poker. The  National Conference of State Legislatures and the  North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries also recently expressed their opposition to these efforts on the grounds that they would undermine states’ authority. I encourage all Americans who oppose a ban on our online freedoms to join us in reaching out to your Member of Congress and letting them know you do not support these bills”.
The National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) submitted a letter to Congressional leadership opposing the recently introduced “Restoration of America’s Wire Act” and urging Congress to support states’ rights.  The legislation, by expanding the 1961 Wire Act, would effectively preempt the historical and constitutional right of states to regulate gambling within their borders.
"We're concerned that there appears to have been no consultation before she decided to support this bill, which would have direct impacts on California tribes," said Leslie Lohse, chair of the California Tribal Business Alliance. "We look forward to having government to government consultation with Sen. Feinstein, and ultimately doing what's best for California and Indian Country." It seems that no one among California's gaming interests knew this move was coming from Feinstein, which, to them, is the problem more so than the action itself. Particularly with tribal governments, they take insult when decisions that have the potential to affect them are made without their involvement.
A French court has recommended that €40,000 in fines be handed down to bwin.party co-Chief Executive Officers  Norbert Teufelberger Manfred Bodner for the group's activities in France prior the adoption of the gambling legislation in force today.  France is not the only country where bwin.party executives have experienced problems. In November 2013,  Belgian authorities detained Teufelberger for the group's operations in the Belgian market since 2012 without a regulatory license that gaming operators like  PokerStars have legally obtained.
EU law allows holders of intellectual property rights to seek an injunction against any "intermediary" that provides services to third parties and, in doing so, helps them to infringe copyrighted works. The Austrian Supreme Court asked the CJEU for a ruling on whether ISPs in this position were considered to be an intermediary for the purposes of the European legislation.
Jurgen Creutzmann drafted one of the Parliament's reports on online gambling, said "The subsidiarity principle applies. So states can still have monopolies or move towards a license system – a trend that can be seen in most EU countries in the past few years. But then they have to abide by the rulings of the European Court of Justice in terms of transparency when giving licenses and a level playing field”.  However: "Match fixing, money laundering, fair competition – you can't solve all these things unless you have European solutions. When all member states will have licenses – and almost all have moved to that – then Europe can play a better role," Creutzmann said. The commissioner in charge of internal market, Michel Barnier, has come up with "soft legislation" – non-binding proposals and studies aimed at encouraging national governments to streamline their legislation according to the ECJ rulings.
Online-gaming policy doesn't usually receive a lot of public attention, as most people don't care too much one way or the other. Unfortunately, this means that legislation regulating online gaming is often driven by people with an agenda that is more selfish than principled. It means that people such as casino mogul  Sheldon Adelson  - the ninth-richest person in the world, according to Forbes' latest list - can spend his money influencing legislation to preserve his profits
“Our Association believes, and is on record, that all gaming should be left up to the individual states to determine the games that are offered, as well as the manner in which they are being delivered to their customers,” writes NASPL Executive Director David Gale. “This is, and has always been, a state’s right to make these decisions as they relate to gaming within its respective boarders. Since lottery products are sold in a competing market, it is important that we continue to design and offer secure games that people want to play so that lottery states can continue to fund the much-needed programs and/or services for which lottery revenues are earmarked.”






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