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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, March 31, 2016

“A lot of this is new. We’ve spoken to lawmakers in Virginia and Indiana, and most of them are not aware of the scope of the fantasy sports industry. They’re really not aware that these bills could and will impact small companies like ours. So I think when they do find out about it, they’re very open to understanding that clearly if there’s going to be legalization of FanDuel and DraftKings, you can’t while legalizing them put out of business the rest of the industry.” Alex Kaganovsky, who owns Fantasy Football Players Championship, which he said employees three people full-time, in The Times Union --- “If you look at what’s going on across the country, there are bills for daily fantasy sports in just about every state Capitol. Most of them are going to capture [large and small companies]. So if we’re going to be captured, we want to have basically uniform language in all those states. If we get the right language here that satisfies the big companies and the small companies, that should become the model that we carry throughout the rest of the nation.” Steve Brubaker, a consultant for the small business trade association, said members had not been contacted by the attorney general’s office and they were still operating in New York, in The Times Union


Lieff Cabraser Announces Securities Class Action Against Amaya, Inc. (CA – Court Cases)
Yahoo Finance (March 29, 2016) The law firm of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP announces that class action litigation has been filed in federal court in New York on behalf of investors who purchased the securities of Amaya, Inc. (“Amaya” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: AYA) between June 8, 2015 and March 22, 2016, inclusive (the “Class Period”).
California Supreme Court Denies Appeal In Lexi Case (CA – Indian Children Welfare Act)
Indian Country Today Media Network (March 30, 2016) Today the California Supreme Court denied a petition to reconsider a state appellate court ruling in the case of a 6-year-old Choctaw Nation tribal member who was returned to her relatives last week after a five-year custody battle.
Online Casino-Style Game Provider Beats Back Class Action Alleging It Hosts Illegal Gambling (IL – Internet Poker)
Cook County Record (March 30, 2016) In dismissing a proposed class action against an online casino game provider, a federal judge in Chicago said, unless “the house” runs the risk of allowing contestants to win some actual coin, the games it hosts can’t be considered gambling.
U.S. Court Gives Tohono O’odham Casino Project Green Light (AZ – Court Cases)
The Navajo Post (March 30, 2016) On March 29, the U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit unanimously upheld that the Tohono O’odham Nation can operate a casino near Glendale, Arizona. This was the 19th consecutive decision that ruled in favor of the Nation despite heavy opposition from the state of Arizona and two Phoenix area tribes.
Tribe Schedules Groundbreaking Ceremony For Taunton Casino (MA – Tribal Casinos)
The Mashpee Enterprise (March 30, 2016) The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is ready to embark on construction of the state’s first full-scale casino. The tribe has scheduled a groundbreaking ceremony for the First Light Resort & Casino on Tuesday, April 5, at 61R Stevens Street in Taunton.
Gaming Commissioners Argue For Their Jobs Back (NC – Court Cases)
Smoky Mountain News (March 30, 2016) After being ousted from their jobs when the September elections brought a new Tribal Council and executive administration, the three people who had composed the Tribal Gaming Commission came before council last week hoping to convince councilmembers to give them their jobs back.
Fantasy Sports Gambling Would Be Legal In Tennessee (TN – Fantasy Sports)
Yogonet International (March 30, 2016) Fantasy sports gambling companies estimated 1 million Tennessee customers would be on solid legal ground under a bill approved by state senators on a 29-1 vote.
Yahoo Stops Taking Credit Cards For Daily Fantasy Sports (US – Fantasy Sports)
Legal Sports Report (March 30, 2016) Yahoo is no longer accepting credit cards for deposits on its daily fantasy sports platform, according to an email sent to users today.
Small Fantasy Sports Businesses Form Trade Association To Lobby On NY Bill (NY – Fantasy Sports)
Times Union (March 29, 2016) Small fantasy sports businesses are banding together to attempt to change legislation that would regulate their industry in New York.
Judge Lifts Injunction In Hemp Dispute On Pine Ridge Reservation (SD – Tribal Enterprise)
Indianz.com (March 29, 2016) Citing changes in the legal landscape, a federal judge on Monday opened the door for the cultivation of hemp on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
Judge Lifts Injunction Against Tribal Hemp Farmer (SD – Tribal Enterprise)
Wisconsin Gazette (March 30, 2016) A federal judge this week lifted a decade-old injunction prohibiting a South Dakota tribal member from producing industrial hemp, although other issues need to be resolved before he can grow it on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.