Menu

House of Cards®

Blog

FEDERAL JUDGE TO REVIEW NJ HORSEMEN’S $150M LAWSUIT VS. SPORTS LEAGUES BY NJONLINEGAMBLING'S JOHN BRENNAN

NJ Online Gambling

In the real world, the American sports landscape marches on unscathed, 2 1/2 years after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that opened the door for any state to offer Las Vegas-style sports betting.

But in the long-running sequel to that six-year saga won by New Jersey state officials, the state’s thoroughbred horsemen remain locked in a legal battle with five major sports organizations that has yet to even result in a determination about a $3.4 million bond posted by the leagues way back in 2014.

The question of whether the horsemen can seek far more extensive damages for the period from 2014-18 — when a federal judge prohibited sports betting at the horsemen’s Monmouth Park racetrack based on the ultimately invalidated Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, or PASPA — has now been pushed back until after a Jan. 13 hearing on the original bond.

The ruling by U.S. Magistrate Judge Freda L. Wolfson earlier this month, reached without oral argument on the issue, fulfills a directive of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in September 2019 that invalidated a prior lower-court ruling. The three-judge panel found that the horsemen had been “wrongfully enjoined” from offering sports betting and therefore were entitled to seek compensation.

CONTINUE READING

Go Back

Comment

Blog Search

Blog Archive

Comments

There are currently no blog comments.