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In re MasterCard International, Inc.: The Inapplicability of the Wire Act to Tradistional Casino-Style Games

Byline:

Elizabeth A. Walsh

Issue:

VOL. XX • Spring 2002 • NO. 3 (table of contents)

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Abstract:

Using the online gambling and gaming as the background, the author discusses the impact of the Wire Communications Act of 1961 and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) on the gaming industry.

The story goes like this: Bob stumbled upon an online gambling Web site. While excited, he charges his credit card to open a gambling account with the site. He did not need to leave home to enjoy this great adventure. However, when the luck runs out, Bob realizes he has $3,000 in debt. Unwilling to pay, Bob decides to sue someone. In the end, Bob decides to sue the deep pocket that he knows better: the Visa credit card.

Author Footnote:

Elizabeth A. Walsh will graduate from The John Marshall Law School in June 2004. She works full-time for the NASD Dispute Resolution, Inc. as their Senior Mediation Administrator. In addition, she is the Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Computer and Information Law. In 2002, she completed a summer clerkship for Horseshoe Gaming Holding Corporation. Elizabeth graduated from St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, Illinois in 1989 and then went on to earn a B.A. in Organizational Communications from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1993. Elizabeth would like to thank Cory Aronovitz, Esq. for all of his input and guidance throughout this process. Finally, she would like to extend a special thanks to her family and friends for their constant encouragement, love and support while attending law school.

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