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Justin Fielkow

Justin is an attorney at the Franklin Law Group, a boutique law firm with an emphasis in civil litigation, in Northfield, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. He has experience in various state and federal civil litigation matters, including obtaining favorable verdicts at both trial and arbitration. Justin also represents businesses in the sports and entertainment fields, by consulting for and providing an array of legal services to sports-related organizations, including fantasy sports ventures and players associations or their employees. Outside of practicing law, Justin writes for Rotowire, both as a featured legal columnist in an article titled Fielkow’s Law, which analyzes legal issues and their impact on fantasy sports, and as a beat writer covering fantasy football. His articles have appeared both online and in Rotowire’s nationally-distributed, seasonal magazine. Justin graduated from Tulane University Law School in 2012, with a Certificate in Sports Law. He also attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, obtaining undergraduate degrees in both economics and history.

NCAA Looks To Score Upset Over Big Ten For Use Of “March Is On!” Trademark

The NCAA is known for aggressively policing its bevy of NCAA Tournament-related trademarks. Typically against businesses attempting to profit on the NCAA’s most notable trademark, “March Madness,” but in an unusual twist, the NCAA has picked a fight with one of its own, the Big Ten Conference.

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Sold Out: How The BOTS Act Attempts to Ensure Equitable Access to Tickets

The use of automated ticket bots has increasingly left real fans frustrated and ticket-less. The federal BOTS Act was enacted with the aim of keeping coveted face-value tickets in the hands of the general public. But will it be effective?

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New York’s Interactive Fantasy Sports Law Faces Constitutional Challenge

Four New York citizens – backed by an anti-gambling government reform group – filed suit last Wednesday against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state gambling commission, alleging that New York’s new law violates the state’s constitutional prohibition on gambling expansion. The lawsuit, however, likely faces a lengthy, uphill climb.

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Federal Action Unlikely After Congressional Hearing on Daily Fantasy Sports

On Wednesday, members of the House Subcommittee for Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade gathered on Capitol Hill to discuss the current direction of the nascent fantasy sports industry.

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Handicapping The Sports Betting Rehearing En Banc

Last week, some of the most distinguished lawyers of our generation gathered in a cramped Philadelphia federal courthouse for a hearing that could have a profound effect on the timeline to bring legal sports betting to the whole of the United States. While the results of the hearing remain to be determined, it appears – again – that most Americans will have to wait a bit longer to place a wager on their favorite club.

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Injunction Junction: Drama-Filled Day in New York for Daily Fantasy Sports Companies

Last Friday morning a New York state judge ruled that the sites could not offer their contests to state residents while their case against the New York Attorney General was pending. Then in the afternoon, in a stunning reversal of fortune, that ruling was put on hold, permitting the DFS companies to at least temporarily continue to operate in New York. What does it mean for DFS going forward?

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Massachusetts Attorney Announces Regulations for Daily Fantasy

On Thursday, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced the drafting of a number of consumer protection regulations for the new and rapidly evolving daily fantasy sports industry. These regulations, which will take effect “immediately” upon their filing with the Secretary of State on today, will impose certain requirements on DFS businesses offering contests in the state.

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Daily Fantasy Sports in a New York State of Mind

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In what many predicted to be an inevitability, the daily fantasy sports (DFS) industry’s two leading operators, DraftKings and FanDuel, are taking to the courts to defend the legality of their games. The outcome of the legal proceeding will reverberate nationwide and could have a profound impact on the rapidly-growing DFS marketplace.

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The Impact of Nevada on Daily Fantasy Sports

It’s been a tumultuous few weeks for the “daily fantasy sports” (DFS) industry. Among other things, there has been an investigation into the potential misuse of non-public data by a major DFS company employee; an inquiry into DFS by the New York Attorney General; a “preliminary” probe by the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice into the business model of DFS; the filing of numerous class actions against major DFS operators; and reports that a federal grand jury was convened in Florida by the U.S. Attorney’s Office to consider potential violations of federal and state law.

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Don’t Bet On It: Third Circuit Strikes Down New Jersey’s Latest Attempt to Legalize Sports Betting

The timeline to bring legal sports betting to the United States was pushed back significantly after the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled, in a 2-to-1 decision, against Governor Chris Christie and the State of New Jersey earlier this week. The decision by the federal appeals court in Philadelphia upheld a lower-court ruling that had voided legislation enacted by New Jersey legalizing sports gambling.

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