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  • Puducherry Casino Proposal Referred to Home Ministry by Kiran Bedi

    Union Territory (UT) Puducherry’s Lieutenant Governor (LG) Kiran Bedi has sought opinion of the central Home Ministry on the proposal of the UT’s Congress government to open casinos in the area to generate revenues for the territory. Chief Minister of the Union Territory (UT) of Puducherry, V. Narayanasamy has been, since 2016, mooting the idea... (See Article)

    Feb 26, 2020 9:33 AM

  • MyTeam11 Launches SportsTiger App for Sports On the Go

    MyTeam11, a Jaipur-based fantasy sports platform, announced the launch of SportsTiger, a multi sports aggregator app. The app will help users stay informed about the latest happenings in the world of sports like cricket, football, and tennis. It will cover international, T20-league and domestic matches. The app is targeted at young consumers of sports content.... (See Article)

    Feb 26, 2020 7:33 AM

  • The Weekly Hill Update

    Below is the Federal Policy team’s weekly preview, posted when Congress is in session. HEADLINES • Returning from a one-week recess, the House plans to take up legislation to address vaping, and the Senate will focus on nominations and abortion-related legislation. • President Donald Trump is in India visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi. • Moderate... (See Article)

    Feb 26, 2020 7:33 AM

  • ‘BUY NOW’ or ‘REMOVE FROM CART’? – Delhi HC allows e-commerce platforms to list products of direct selling entities without their consent

    E-commerce websites such as Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal and 1MG (“Online Platforms”) can now breathe a sigh of relief. The Division Bench of the Delhi High Court (‘Division Bench’), in a recent judgment in Amazon Seller Services Pvt. Ltd. v. Amway India Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. & Others[1], allowed e-commerce websites/ platforms/ mobile applications to list products... (See Article)

    Feb 25, 2020 7:33 AM

  • Rajasthan HC Reiterates that Dream11 is a Game of Skill

    A division bench of the Rajasthan High Court in an order given last week, reiterated the earlier pronouncements of the Punjab & Haryana and Bombay High Courts that ruled fantasy sports to be games of skill and consequently falling outside the ambit of gambling/betting legislations. The division bench comprising of Chief Justice Indrajit Mohanty and... (See Article)

    Feb 24, 2020 9:33 AM

  • MPL Adds World Cricket Championship Rivals to Its Platform Ahead of IPL

    Mobile Premier League (MPL), a real-money skill gaming and esports platform, has added World Cricket Championship (WCC) Rivals game to its collection of crickets games, just in time for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. MPL now hosts five cricket games including fantasy, cricket prediction and other skill-based games. WCC Rivals is a skill-based... (See Article)

    Feb 24, 2020 7:33 AM

  • Ninth On-shore Casino Gets Nod from Goan Government

    The state government of Goa has given a nod to open another onshore casino in the state. As per the sources of Times of India in the Home department of Goa, this will be the ninth licensed onshore casino in the state. The said casino will occupy 300 square mt. in a five-star hotel at... (See Article)

    Feb 24, 2020 7:33 AM

  • Deltin Inaugurates Its First International Casino at Marriott Hotel in Kathmandu

    Delta Corp Limited has expanded its presence beyond Indian borders by recently launching its first international casino at the Marriott Hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal. The casino has been launched as part of an agreement between the Deltin Group and Everest Hospitality and Hotel Pvt. Ltd.  Delta Corp, through an announcement to the stock exchanges, last... (See Article)

    Feb 21, 2020 7:33 AM

  • SPiCE India 2020 – Events, Agenda and Sneak-Peek

    Eventus International’s 3rd edition of the Strategic Platform for iGaming Conference & Exhibition in India  (SPiCE India) is only a month away. The event will be held at Marriott Resort & Spa in Goa, India, from 25th to 27th March 2020. As per SPiCE event’s website, the focus of this year’s event will be to... (See Article)

    Feb 19, 2020 7:33 AM

  • Legal Heavyweights Battle it out in Dream11 GST Evasion case

    The Bombay High Court has adjourned the hearing in a review petition filed by the central government on the manner of payment of Goods and Services Tax (GST) by Dream11 to 19th March, 2020. A division bench of the Bombay High Court comprising of Justices Ranjit More and Bharati Dangre was earlier supposed to hear... (See Article)

    Feb 18, 2020 9:33 AM

  • Raj Kundra’s Viaan Industries Starts Controversial Real Money Housie App

    Controversial British businessman and Viaan Industries Limited’s Chairman, Raj Kundra has recently launched Housie Quiz, a real money, online housie and quiz game app. The game has been produced by Viaan Industries for Android and iOS.  Housie or Tambola is a popular game among Indian households. However, success in this game involves little skill and... (See Article)

    Feb 18, 2020 7:33 AM

  • 30 Arrested for Rioting and Holding Guest, Staff Hostage at Goa Casino

    In the early hours of Thursday, 30 men were arrested at a casino, a Pride Casino Group facility, near Calangute Beach in North Goa. These men were arrested on the account of rioting at the casino and holding staff and guests hostage. The Pride Casino Group management called the police at around 3:30 am to... (See Article)

    Feb 17, 2020 9:33 AM

  • Next Week in Congress

    House and Senate in Recess The House and Senate will be in recess next week coinciding with Presidents’ Day. DOJ Workshop on Section 230 On February 19, the Department of Justice will hold a workshop on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act titled “Section 230 – Nurturing Innovation or Fostering Unaccountability?.” US-India Trade Agreement... (See Article)

    Feb 17, 2020 7:34 AM

  • Dhaka High Court Declares Gambling Illegal Across the Country

    Dhaka High Court recently (Monday, February 10th) declared all forms of gambling illegal in Bangladesh. The court also observed that Public Gambling Act, 1867 should be updated and punishment for gambling should be increased. The order was passed by a bench comprising Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Md Mahmudul Hasan Talukdar. The order followed... (See Article)

    Feb 17, 2020 7:34 AM

  • India’s Foreign Investment Policy on E-commerce Retail: Is the time ripe for a reworking?

    The Indian government has been striving to effectively regulate India’s e-commerce retail market, since its first attempt in 2000. The regulations have been a by-product of the fear of organised global retail with deep pockets adversely affecting scores of unorganised “mom-and-pop shops” and retailers. The Indian foreign direct investment policy on e-commerce retail has been... (See Article)

    Feb 14, 2020 7:33 AM

  • India Removed from U.S. List of Developing and Least-Developed Countries under Countervailing Duty Law

    The United States has updated its list of developing and least-developed countries pertaining to countervailing duty (CVD) law.  The most notable change is that India has been removed from this list due to its share of global trade, one of the several factors considered in creating the list of developing countries.  Prior to the change... (See Article)

    Feb 14, 2020 7:33 AM

  • FIFS will Host 3rd Edition of Fantasy Sports Event GamePlan in March

    Federation of Indian Fantasy Sports (FIFS), earlier known as Indian Federation of Sports Gaming, is hosting the 3rd edition of their Fantasy sports conference Gameplan on March 5th 2020 at theLe Meridien Hotel in New Delhi. Gameplan 2020 is expected to be attended by 250+ senior industry delegates, including operators like Dream11, MyTeam11, and My11Circle.... (See Article)

    Feb 14, 2020 7:33 AM

  • Battle Strategies for an FCPA Investigation

    With the relaxing of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) norms in India, business is booming and economy has seen a flurry of activities. The collaboration between Indian and foreign companies has significantly increased. Greater influx of multinational companies and global investments in Indian companies has also increased the purview of Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption (ABAC) laws and regulations. In addition, enhancement of corporate governance procedures and an increase in whistle-blower allegations has led to a greater number of violations. While most companies have internal protocols and procedures to conduct an ABAC investigation, there are certain measures and protocols especially in investigating Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) cases which have proven effective. This article attempts to summarise these best practices. Please see full Publication below for more information. (See Article)

    Feb 14, 2020 7:32 AM

  • Bring Forth the Tiger-Dogs! Here’s a Quick Status Check on the Challenges to California’s New Independent Contractor Law

    When outside forces pose a threat to people’s livelihood, people will go to great lengths to fight back. For example, when monkeys began ravaging the crops of a farmer in Karnataka, India, the imaginitive farmer painted his dog to look like a tiger, to scare away the pesky invaders. [Photo here.] Business owners in California are... (See Article)

    Feb 13, 2020 9:33 AM

  • 9 blogs from Goodwin Procter, Rothwell Figg, and more join LexBlog

    Associate Editor’s Note: Nine blogs have joined LexBlog, covering issues and updates in digital currency, tax, legaltech, privileges, class action defense, and privacy. Please join us in welcoming our newest members and catch up on all the newest blogs in recent months here. Newest Blogs Joining the Network With India’s massive legal sector and technological... (See Article)

    Feb 13, 2020 7:33 AM

  • Vijay Goel Raises Questions About Regulating Online Lotteries, Govt to Amend Rules, Introduce RNG Certification

    Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament (MP) and former Minister Vijay Goel, on Wednesday, raised unstarred questions in the upper house of parliament in respect to committees formed by the government on banning or regulating lottery, recommendations made by such committees on online lottery, details of any plans of the government to formulate guidelines or regulation... (See Article)

    Feb 10, 2020 7:34 AM

  • Twitter-backed ShareChat Joins the Fantasy Sports Bandwagon, Launches Jeet11

    ShareChat, a local social networking App, backed by Twitter, has developed a fantasy sports app called Jeet11.  ShareChat raised $100 million last year, in a funding round led by Twitter. Their fantasy app Jeet11 has been under testing for the last six months. The app hosts fantasy cricket and football games and already has a... (See Article)

    Feb 10, 2020 7:34 AM

  • SEBI Working Group on Related Party Transactions: Will the net be cast too wide?

     In the battle for good governance, India Inc. keeps tripping on three letters – RPT. Related-Party Transactions. This, despite the fact that India has one of the most elaborate set of rules and regulations for disclosures and approval of RPT by both listed and unlisted companies. Historically, the Companies Act, 1956 did not specifically regulate... (See Article)

    Feb 6, 2020 9:33 AM

  • IFSG Renamed to Federation of Indian Fantasy Sports

    Dream11-founded self-regulatory industry body Indian Federation of Sports Gaming (IFSG), has renamed itself to Federation of Indian Fantasy Sports (FIFS), as per a press release. Interestingly, the industry body was originally christened as FIFS when it was incorporated as a Section 8 Company under the Companies Act, 2013 (Not for Profit Company) in 2017. This... (See Article)

    Feb 6, 2020 7:33 AM

  • Grooming the Law with Technology: Legal Protection of Software in India

    Introduction As businesses strive to shift from paper to digital, there is an increasing penetration of software products across industries. This is particularly true in India. The NASSCOM Report evinces that the software products market was the fastest-growing segment amongst all IT services in India in FY2019.[1] While the making of software requires a considerable... (See Article)

    Feb 6, 2020 7:33 AM

  • Bring Forth the Tiger-Dogs! Here’s a Quick Status Check on the Challenges to California’s New Independent Contractor Law

    Not an actual tiger. Or a dog. When outside forces pose a threat to people’s livelihood, people will go to great lengths to fight back. For example, when monkeys began ravaging the crops of a farmer in Karnataka, India, the imaginitive farmer painted his dog to look like a tiger, to scare away the pesky invaders.... (See Article)

    Feb 5, 2020 7:34 AM

  • Goa Minister Supports Entry of Goans in Casinos and Legalisation of Matka

    Although Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant recently announced ban on Goans from entering casinos in the state from February 1 2020, his party colleague and State Ports Minister Michael Lobo said that Goans should be allowed to visit casinos as there is a difference between visiting a casino and gambling, as reported by The Times... (See Article)

    Feb 5, 2020 7:34 AM

  • Swaminathan Aiyar advocates legalising betting to reduce fiscal deficit

    The Indian economy is going through a slowdown, as are the economies of many other countries in the world. In the last quarter, India’s economy has grown only at a rate of 4.5%. As per the estimates of the Indian Monetary Fund, this growth rate will stall around 4.8% for the full financial year. This... (See Article)

    Feb 3, 2020 9:33 AM

  • SC Dismisses Gurdeep Sachar’s Clarification Application in Dream11 GST matter

    A Supreme Court bench of Justices Rohinton F. Nariman and S. Ravindra Bhat on Friday dismissed a clarification application filed by advocate Gurdeep Singh Sachar, which had urged the apex court to allow the issue of whether the fantasy games offered by Dream11 amounts to gambling/betting can be reviewed in the Bombay High Court for... (See Article)

    Feb 3, 2020 9:33 AM

  • India’s First National Poker Series in Apr-May 2020

    Leading online poker portal PokerBaazi has announced the launch of the National Poker Series (NPS) 2020 an affordable live tournament series to promote poker in the country. The first season of the series is being held from 29th April to 5th May 2020. The series aims to bring together poker players from all over the... (See Article)

    Feb 3, 2020 7:34 AM