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California Sports Betting Effort Scrapped, Surprising Exactly No One

January 23, 2024 | By: Robyn McNeil

Proponents behind an effort to legalize California sports betting have pulled a pair of initiatives after facing strong opposition from tribal gaming interests. As a result, Californians won’t be voting on sports betting in 2024. In addition to pushback from most of the 110 federally recognized tribes in California, leading sports betting operators came out […]

Fliff Lawsuit—Court Deems Sweepstakes Site’s Compelled Arbitration Clause Valid

January 17, 2024 | By: Alex Weldon

The proposed class action lawsuit against sweepstakes sports predictions site Fliff won’t happen, as a California federal judge ruled it must proceed to arbitration per the operator’s terms and conditions. It’s an important decision and one that might signal that the flurry of litigation against social gaming sites is coming to an end. The plaintiff in the […]

AviaGames Accused of Using Bots Against Players in Skill Games Case

November 24, 2023 | By: Robyn McNeil

A proposed class action lawsuit against AviaGames accuses the company of using bots against human players on its purportedly peer-to-peer skill-based games. The accusation arises from claims made during the discovery phase of a separate patent lawsuit against AviaGames by its rival, Skillz. This new action on behalf of AviaGames’ customers argues that such use […]

California Sports Betting Ballot Initiatives for Tribes Lack Support From Tribal Gaming’s CNIGA, Boyd

October 30, 2023 | By: Heather Fletcher

Proposed California sports betting ballot initiatives filed on Oct. 27 with the California Attorney General’s Office (CAG) resulted in two gaming entities denying involvement. On Oct. 27, the California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA) said it knew nothing about the proposed Sports Wagering Regulation and Tribal Gaming Protection Act and the Tribal Gaming Protection Act. […]

California Online Sports Betting Legalization Unlikely to Be on the 2024 Ballot

California online sports betting could be on the November 2024 ballot, but it’s unlikely as advocates appear to have missed a vital deadline in the process to put the question before voters. Today, Aug. 22, was when sports betting advocates should have submitted their petitions to the California Attorney General’s Office (COAG) for signature validation. […]

Meta Asks Ninth Circuit to Dismiss MDL, Says Virtual Chip Sales Are Just ‘Information’

July 27, 2023 | By: Alex Weldon

Meta is asking the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to dismiss a case about whether platform providers can be liable for in-app purchases they facilitate between their users and third-party content providers such as play money casinos. The multidistrict litigation names Meta, Apple, and Google as defendants for their involvement with products like Double Down Casino, which recently settled a […]

Social Casino ‘Free Sweeps’ Scam Lures Users to Consent Farms Amid FTC Crackdown

July 25, 2023 | By: Alex Weldon

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has cracked down on five “consent farm” networks it says were tricking US citizens into signing up for telemarketing call lists with misleading promises of gifts, special offers, or job opportunities. Bonus has determined that one of the defendants in these cases, RewardZone USA, was involved with the social casino “hack” scam we cautioned […]

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