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(Yet Another) Internet Sweepstakes Update

February 12, 2015

  The North Carolina General Assembly banned internet sweepstakes more than four years ago.  The North Carolina Supreme Court upheld that ban more than two years ago.  A few months later that court struck down excessive municipal privilege license taxes … Read more

Internet Sweepstakes, One Year Later

January 9, 2014

Just over a year ago the North Carolina Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of G.S. 14-306.4, the law that was intended to ban all video and internet sweepstakes parlors.  My colleagues and I blogged about the ruling here, here, and … Read more

What’s Next for Video Sweepstakes?

January 17, 2013

It took more than two years, but the ban on video sweepstakes that was originally scheduled to take effect in December 2010 is finally enforceable.   The North Carolina Supreme Court ruled on December 14, 2012, that the ban did not … Read more

Tax Day at the N.C. Court of Appeals (Part 1)

May 3, 2012

[Update: In 2013 the Court of Appeals reversed its opinion in the Fayetteville case discussed below based on a related N.C. Supreme Court opinion.  See this blog post for more details.] The N.C. Court of Appeals celebrated tax day a few weeks later … Read more

Land Use Regulation of Internet Sweepstakes Cafes

April 17, 2012

Regulating video gaming and gambling of one sort or another has vexed state and local governments in North Carolina for the better part of two decades. A recent court opinion held the current version of the state’s ban on internet … Read more

Internet Sweepstakes Tax Challenged in Federal Court

April 29, 2010

Given the gaming industry’s aggressive litigation strategy against criminal sanctions, it seemed only a matter of time before internet sweepstakes operators responded similarly to the growing number of municipal privilege license taxes imposed on their businesses.  That time has arrived.   In late April lawyers for … Read more