Ari Bargil of IJ visits the Short Circuit virtual studio to take a bet. Or, rather, to tell us why some of us can keep taking bets—for now. The Fifth Circuit recently granted a preliminary injunction to participants in PredictIt, a New Zealand-based research experiment where people can bet real money about the outcomes of elections. The CFTC, however, doesn’t want to put up with this business anymore and is trying to shut it down. Nevertheless, because of the Fifth Circuit you can place your bets, but only for now. Then, your host takes us on another internationally oriented adventure regarding the difference between the “government” and the “state” of Venezuela. It’s mighty important to a group of investors in the Third Circuit. Turns out rulers can change but “sovereignty survives.”

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Clarke v. CFTC

OI European Group B.V. v. Venezuela

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