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Harvard Law Professor Discusses ‘Bad Actor’ Clauses


A ‘Bad Actor’ is nothing to do with film and television acting, but rather is a term used for the companies that carried on serving the U.S.A gambling market, after the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) was passed.

This law has been talked about in force lately as more and more states are looking into legalising online gambling.  The Rational Group, who have recently been purchased by Amaya, paid the American Government hundreds of millions of dollars to settle a court case they had against them for being a Bad Actor company.  However, Laurence Tribe, an independent Law Professor at Harvard has since come forward and said that their ‘Bad Actor’ clause could have been effectively defeated in a numerous ways due to it being a possible violation of the U.S. Constitution.  For example; the trail against The Rational Group was a trial by legislature which is constitutionally prohibited.


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by Kelly Kelly