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For decades, Stites & Harbison, PLLC has assisted clients in all facets of the gaming industry. Casinos, racetracks, sports betting companies, gaming manufacturers, distributors, gaming executives, and investment entities tied to the industry all rely on Stites & Harbison's gaming lawyers for sound legal advice and representation. Drawing significant media attention and government interest, the gaming industry is one that is highly regulated, requiring gaming companies and affiliated businesses to understand how best to appropriately navigate regulations and minimize risk.

Our gaming attorneys routinely counsel clients in the area of regulation, licensing, construction, real estate transactions, employment matters, intellectual property, financing and tax issues, and various corporate matters. Stites & Harbison lawyers have represented clients such as racetracks and casino operators with regard to a wide range of gaming topics including pari-mutuel wagering, simulcasting, electronic betting sites (including ADWs), video lottery terminals (VLTs), historic racing machines, Internet gaming, and Native American casino gaming.

Representative experience includes:

  • Advised a gaming operator concerning the legality of VLTs under state lottery statutes.
  • Represented the business development arm of a Native American company in the acquisition of a Kentucky racetrack including regulatory approval by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.
  • Represented the developer in drafting and negotiating construction redevelopment and related matters for racetrack.
  • Represented a casino operator in the regulatory aspects of acquisition of a Thoroughbred racetrack and historic horse racing machine facility and subsequent divestiture.
  • Represented a racetrack in a private placement of shares and general corporate and regulatory matters.
  • Represented racetrack owner in share purchase and sale transactions.
  • Along with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission counsel, led the drafting of regulations implementing historic horse racing in Kentucky and subsequent litigation concerning the legality of the regulations.
  • Represented a domestic provider of international simulcast and related horse racing television programming and performance data in the sale of the business to an international public company and gambling entertainment group.
  • Represented banks in financing racetrack-project financing and working capital lines of credit.
  • Represented racetrack and gaming operators as borrower’s counsel in syndicated credit and other financing transactions.
  • Advised foreign racetrack regarding regulatory requirements in connection with distribution of broadcast signals in Canada and the United States.
  • Represented a public company engaged in the business of online horse race handicapping and wagering (including ADW) in a business combination transaction with another public company.
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Thad Barnes and Michael Denbow Appointed to Lead Stites & Harbison’s Business Litigation Service Group

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to announce that attorneys Thad M. Barnes and Michael Denbow have been appointed to Co-Chair the firm’s Business Litigation Service Group. Each attorney will continue their diverse legal practices in business litigation.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC March 25, 2024
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Is That Tattoo Infringing? The Complicated Copyright Questions Surrounding Tattoos

Tattoos have been at the core of several copyright cases over the last few years. One of the earliest well-known examples was a suit by Mike Tyson’s tattoo artist over the use of Tyson’s face tattoo design in the movie The Hangover Part II, which settled out of court in 2011. However, several more recently undecided cases have raised issues tied to tattoos and copyright infringement. TJ Mihill takes a look at this issue in the latest Stites & Harbison Client Alert.

by Thomas J. Mihill (TJ) February 15, 2024
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Kentucky Chamber Elects Brian A. Cromer to Executive Committee

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has elected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Brian Cromer to its Executive Committee. Cromer will serve a two-year term on the 14-member Executive Committee, which represents a cross-section of key business and industry leaders from across Kentucky. He continues to serve as a member of the Kentucky Chamber’s Board of Directors.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC October 23, 2023