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Breaking: First Circuit Limits Federal Wire Act to Sporting Events and Contests

In 2019, The United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire ruled against the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), concluding that the “Wire Act applies only to transmissions related to bets or wagers on a sporting event or contest.” On January 20, 2021, the First Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the District Court’s decision, …

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The Ultimate Contest Law and Sweepstakes Guide

Are you interested in running a contest or sweepstakes campaign as a means to engage with new and existing customers? Crafting a successful contest or sweepstakes promotion can increase interest in your brand and grow your customer base. However, if you are not familiar with sweepstakes and contest law, you might be gambling with your …

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FTC Obtains Sweepstakes Sponsor Asset Freeze

September 20, 2018 In February of this year, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and Missouri State officials brought charges against a network of Kansas City area businesses (“Defendants”) which allegedly had used deceptive sweepstakes and other prize mailers to bilk consumers out of more than $100 million. The complaint alleges that Defendants sent prize notices …

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