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The delay in the implementation of UIGEA in December has given Barney Frank a window of opportunity to legalise online gambling in the United States. But three European operators cut deals last year that they hope will give them a clear head start ahead of liberalisation.

Concluding a three year investigation by several United States law enforcement agencies including the IRS and the FBI, former BetonSports CEO David Carruthers was sentenced Friday to 33 months in prison for his involvement in the now defunct online gambling operator.

Sweden-based Mahjong Logic, developer and operator of the recently launched Mahjong Logic Network, has secured an online gambling licence in the white-listed jurisdiction of Isle of Man, having successfully satisfied the jurisdictions online gaming standards and player protection rules.

In a case that could have wider national implications, Canada's Loto-Quebec has reached an out-of-court settlement worth millions of dollars with problem gamblers in the province, following a class action lawsuit filed against the provincial state lottery operator nine years ago.

Lawyers are a cautious bunch. Given the precarious and contentious nature of the regulatory environment in so many countries, few of the world's leading law firms have really focussed on the online gaming sector. But with legal and regulatory issues again expected to take centre stage in 2010, we look at those that have to bring you a profile of the world's leading online gaming lawyers.

Having set out its own strategy for a liberal gaming market based on the pillars of local licensing and the recognition of licences from €˜white-listed' jurisdictions, the United Kingdom has announced the start of a consultation process to change the system in favour of secondary licensing of offshore operators in a move that could significantly boost tax revenues.

Lawyers are a cautious bunch. Given the precarious and contentious nature of the regulatory environment in so many countries, few of the world's leading law firms have really focussed on the online gaming sector. But with legal and regulatory issues again expected to take centre stage in 2010, we look at those that have to bring you a profile of the world's leading online gaming lawyers.

The Pennsylvania legislature has approved a bill authorising an expansion of gaming to include casino table games such as poker, blackjack and roulette at the state's casinos, with Governor Ed Rendell expected to sign the bill into law Thursday.

Danish poker players have begun the new year with some cheer after the government there enacted a new law legalising land-based poker tournaments from January 1st 2010.

Following an unsuccessful appeal to the Higher Administrative Court of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, 888 has been forced to block access to its Pacific Poker website by state residents.

In a further twist to the long-running saga concerning the legality of Betsson's retail outlet in Stockholm, Sweden's Supreme Administrative Court has revoked the recent December 7th ruling of the Administrative Court of Appeal regarding the closure of the company's betting shop, allowing Betsson to re-open the Shopsson branded outlet until further notice.