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This legal dispute could result in a clarification of where Tribal sovereignty ends and states’ rights begin.  Does “sovereignty” entitle Tribes to offer internet gaming to residents located outside of their sovereign land?

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The decision from U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp was the expected outcome since the judge had ruled similarly in the past.  The state, locked in a legal battle with the NCAA and four professional sports leagues, is expected to appeal to a higher court.  "We are going to continue pursuing every legal option available," State Senate president Steve Sweeney said in a statement Friday. "The economic impact that sports wagering can have on New Jersey is far too important to simply shrug our shoulders and move on."  The ruling comes just over a week after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he supports legalizing sports gambling. Silver is the first commissioner of a major U.S. sports league to make such a stand.

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The state of California has filed a criminal complaint against the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel, over the launching earlier this month of real-money online gambling products.   The Iipay Nation moved forward with its plans while asserting that in its view, the offering of such games was already legal, and need not be approved by the state’s legislature, which has IGRA-driven gambling compacts with dozens of California tribes governing other forms of gambling.In its motion, the California Attorney General’s office asserts that the real-money bingo product, which is available to all Californians aged 18 and above, regardless of specific location within the state, is a form of Class III gaming as defined under IGRA and is thus illegal to be offered to off-reservation gamblers.  Wrote the state, “The Tribe’s self-proclaimed ‘groundbreaking’ efforts to make Internet gambling available to Californians ‘anytime & anywhere’ breach the tribal-state class III gaming compact between the Tribe and the State, do not comply with [IGRA], and violate [UIGEA].”

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