Judge Blocks NJ Sports Betting — What's Next?

Law360, New York (October 29, 2014, 1:33 PM EDT) -- Less than 48 hours before Monmouth Park Racetrack was scheduled to open the first legal sports book in New Jersey (and with crowds expected to top 10,000 people for this historic event), a federal court judge put a temporary halt to those plans.

On Oct. 24, U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp entered a temporary restraining order prohibiting the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (the operator of Monmouth Park) and the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (the owner of the land) “from conducting sports wagering at Monmouth Park.”

Additionally, the order temporarily enjoins the New Jersey defendants (including Gov. Chris...

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