Third Circuit Says “No” to Sports Betting in New Jersey

New Jersey’s hopes to legalize sports betting in the state were shut down by a Third Circuit panel on Tuesday, August 9, 2016. The panel, in a 10-2 decision, upheld a district court ruling that a 2014 law repealing New Jersey’s ban of sports betting violated the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). Additionally, the panel affirmed their 2013 ruling that PASPA is constitutional and does not infringe on state rights. Federal law enacted in 1993 prohibits states from regulating sports betting activity. New
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Riddell Attempts to Tackle NFL Discovery in False Advertising Case

In a letter to the court dated June 23, 2016, helmet producer Riddell told a New Jersey federal court that consumers claiming their helmets were falsely advertised do not need to pursue discovery against the NFL and its former concussion specialist. Riddell suggests that the subpoena is unnecessary at this time for their class certification bid. The case dates back to 2014, when the plaintiffs alleged that Riddell knew their helmets were compromised. As a result of the study, Riddell marketed that their helmets…
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Fan Seeks Rehearing in NFL Super Bowl Ticket Suit

On Thursday, January 28, 2016, NFL fan Josh Finkelman filed a petition for a rehearing in the Third Circuit, asking that the court reconsider its decision to dismiss his proposed class action suit against the NFL for allegedly violating New Jersey state law by not releasing an adequate number of Super Bowl XLVIII tickets to the general public. The proposed class action alleged that the NFL was in violation of New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act by releasing only one percent of Super Bowl XLVIII tickets…
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Sports Litigation and Cases to Keep an Eye on in the New Year (Part I)

2015 was a year full of highly debated controversies in the world of sports litigation. However, the debating isn’t over quite yet as some of the most notorious cases of 2015 will have litigation continuing into the new year. From “Deflategate” to the FIFA corruption scandal, this post is part one of notable sports cases you should be sure to follow in 2016. “Deflategate” Appeal Deflategate was one of the most talked about controversies in sports in 2015, as it involved allegations of the ever-popular…
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Menendez and Pallone of NJ Renew Request for FTC Action in Fantasy Sports

Following the September 2015 daily fantasy sports (DFS) scandal, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and House Representative Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission requesting an investigation of DFS industry leaders DraftKings, Inc. and FanDuel, Inc. The FTC’s response letter stated that the Commission believed no new regulations or legislation were necessary. On Tuesday November 10, 2015, Menendez and Pallone sent the FTC an additional letter renewing their request for federal action.  The date of the letter was most likely…
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Third Circuit Will Revisit New Jersey Sports Betting Decision

On Wednesday, October 14, 2015,  the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit granted New Jersey’s request to revisit its decision to disallow New Jersey from legalizing sports betting. Last October, New Jersey lifted its prohibition on sports betting in racetracks and casinos. In response, the NFL and NCAA—two sports leagues that oppose sports betting—sought an injunction to stop New Jersey. The district court granted the injunction and subsequently found that repealing the prohibition violated the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992.…
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New Jersey Sports Betting Denied Yet Again

The Third Circuit appeals court in Philadelphia rejected New Jersey’s recent attempt to legalize sports betting by denying their appeal of a lower ruling, finding a violation of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992. Last October, New Jersey repealed the prohibition on sports betting activity only in racetrack’s and casinos.  A district court, however, granted the NFL and NCAA an injunction to stop any attempt at betting while the case was pending.  The court then found repealing the prohibition violates the PASPA. …
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American Dream Finally a Reality? NJ Mega-Mall Project Receives Financing Approval

More than ten years ago, the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority approved a development project plan to construct a 2.9 million square foot, state-of-the-art mega-mall, then named Xanadu, in East Rutherford at the Meadowlands Sports Complex . Since then, the project has yielded only controversy, lawsuits, and postponements. After changes in its name, developer, and financial plan, the project may finally be slated for completion. The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority has approved a plan to issue up to $350 million in bonds…
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Christie and the Horsemen Ask the Third Circuit to Vacate Injunction & Open the Door to Sports Betting in NJ

On Wednesday, January 14, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie filed a brief with the Third Circuit US Court of Appeals, seeking to overturn the district court decision enjoining recent legislation that would open the door to some sports gambling in New Jersey. The 2014 law in question was passed to effectuate a partial repeal of prior New Jersey law that prohibits betting on sports within the state.  The partial repeal would allow casinos and racetracks within the State of New Jersey to facilitate sports betting. …
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Sports Betting in New Jersey Now in Gov. Christie’s Hands

On Thursday, October 16, the New Jersey State Assembly passed along a bill seeking to repeal the State’s prohibitions on sports betting.  The bill currently awaits signature or veto by Governor Chris Christie. Sports betting has been a legislative concern since a majority of voters approved a betting referendum back in 2011.  Christie approved the subsequent law in 2012, which legalized sports betting within the state.  In response, the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NCAA sued claiming the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act…
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