Federal Court Strikes Down Pennsylvania’s Ban on Political Contributions from Casino Interests

By Samantha Haggerty

Samantha Haggerty

Yesterday, the District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania struck down Section 1513 of the Pennsylvania Gaming Act, 4 Pa. C.S. § 1513, as unconstitutional under the United States Constitution. Section 1513 prohibits gaming license applicants, licensees, and principals of licensees from making any political contributions. Judge Sylvia H. Rambo of the Middle District applied the modified intermediate scrutiny analysis applicable to restrictions on direct campaign contributions under the First Amendment to determine that, although Pennsylvania demonstrated a sufficiently important interest in preventing quid pro quo corruption or the appearance of such corruption, the Commonwealth failed to craft legislation that was closely drawn to achieve that important interest. Continue reading Federal Court Strikes Down Pennsylvania’s Ban on Political Contributions from Casino Interests

Game On! Chris Soriano Featured on Good Law | Bad Law Podcast on Sports Betting

Duane Morris partner Chris Soriano was a guest on the Good Law | Bad Law podcast, “Game on! After a historic Supreme Court decision, sports betting is a go.”

Chris joined podcast host, Aaron Freiwald, to discuss the recent Supreme Court decision that in effect legalized sports betting across the country and the implications this decision may have for the future of gambling, as well as professional sports. Chris also talks about how his interest in the gaming area introduced him to gaming law.

Listen to Chris’ segment on the Good Law | Bad Law podcast.

Gaming in New York and Beyond: Looking to the Future

Duane Morris LLP will present “Gaming in New York and Beyond – Looking to the Future,” to be held on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at the firm’s New York office.

In the wake of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), states now have the ability to legalize and regulate sports betting. Duane Morris has assembled a panel of gaming industry veterans and lawyers to help you understand the opportunities and challenges in this new era of gaming in New York and beyond. Partner Christopher Soriano and associates Adam Berger and Samantha Haggerty will be panelists.

For more information or to register, please visit the event page on the Duane Morris website.

Trends in Internet Gaming and Other Developments in the Gaming Industry

The Lawline course “Trends in Internet Gaming and Other Developments in the Gaming Industry” is now available for replay.

Join Duane Morris attorneys Christopher Soriano and Adam Berger for an overview of trends in internet gaming and other new developments in the gaming industry. Soriano and Berger will discuss the ongoing legal battle over sports betting in the U.S., recent expansion efforts, and recent gaming developments such as internet gaming, eSports, and other emerging gaming categories. The program will also include a discussion of recent litigation and potential changes to come in the industry.

The course replay can be accessed on the Lawline website.

Duane Morris’ Adam Berger Appointed Chair of Pennsylvania Bar Association Gaming Law Committee

Adam BergerDuane Morris attorney Adam Berger has been reappointed chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s (PBA) Gaming Law Committee, for a second term beginning on May 12, 2017. The PBA Gaming Law Committee is responsible for reviewing, studying and making recommendations concerning legislative proposals in the area of gaming law; promoting the understanding of laws, regulations and court decisions in the gaming area; and developing materials and educational programs of interest to gaming practitioners to promote improvements and professionalism in the field.

For more information, please visit the Duane Morris website for a press release about Mr. Berger’s appointment.

Christopher Soriano Speaking at Mastering Fantasy Sports and Online Gaming Law CLE

Duane Morris’ Christopher Soriano will be speaking at a telephonic seminar about fantasy sports, online gaming and digital sports gambling on February 28, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.

The teleconference will discuss the latest on Mastering Fantasy Sports and Online Gaming Law. The seminar will introduce the most relevant issues and solutions along with latest legal developments and Supreme Court decisions affecting the industry.

For more information and to register, please visit the event website.

Christopher Soriano Speaking at Seton Hall Law School’s Gambling Law Symposium

Duane Morris’ Christopher Soriano will be presenting at a gambling law symposium hosted by the Seton Hall Law School’s Continuing Legal Education at Seton Hall University on March 1, 2018 at 3:30 p.m.

The symposium will discuss New Jersey’s gambling laws while focusing on the following topics:

  • The New Jersey Constitution, Statutes, Rules, and Regulations Governing Gambling
  • The Definition of Gambling Under New Jersey Law: The Chance Versus Skill Debate Involving Fantasy Platforms and Poker
  • The Impact Of Technological Advances Upon Laws Governing The Placement of Wagers On Horse races
  • Overview Of Supreme Court’s Sports Betting Case and
  • On-Line Casino and Other Forms of Gambling Under Federal and New Jersey Law

For more information and to register, please visit the event website.

Real Sports Experts and Fantasy Sports

John Brennan, a staff writer for The Record, was a panelist for Duane Morris’ event “The Future of Sports Betting” on April 27, moderated by partner Christopher Soriano. Mr. Brennan’s column today, about the notorious poor luck of professional sportswriters and sports executives at fantasy leagues in their own sports, mentioned the event, sharing a story told by panelist Andrew Brandt of ESPN. The firm thanks Mr. Brennan and Mr. Brandt for their participation in the event.