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DOJ Punts Enforcement Date Of New Wire Act Opinion To June 14

Originally, Tax Day and doomsday for the new DOJ Wire Act opinion were one and the same. April 15 would be the first day the DOJ would enforce the new, much more restrictive view on the Wire Act. Now, online casino operators, state lotteries, and others have a little more time to develop contingency plans. According to Online Poker Report, the DOJ will be giving affected companies until June 14 to come into full compliance. There should be an official announcement coming this week.

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3/20/2019

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3/16/2019

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3/14/2019

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3/13/2019

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3/12/2019

article Grewal joins DOJ lawsuit over Wire Act interpretation
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(New Jersey) -- Attorneys for New Jersey are soon scheduled to file papers in protest of the January opinion from the Department of Justice that took a new look at The...

3/11/2019

article Fifteen States Join Legal Challenge to New Wire Act Interpretation
(Washington D.C.) -- A group of 15 states led by New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Michigan have joined a legal challenge kickstarted by the New Hampshire Lottery to the DOJ...
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3/10/2019

article Law professors: Courts will decide final outcome of proposed Wire Act changes
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3/8/2019

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(New Jersey) -- New Jersey has joined the legal challenge against the Department of Justice‘s latest interpretation of the Wire Act. Online Poker Report has...
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3/7/2019

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3/5/2019

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(New York) -- Finding “no good reason” for the recent opinion from the Department of Justice reversing course with regard to the application of the Wire Act...

3/4/2019

article Department of Justice Extends Wire Act Opinion Implementation Until June 14
(Washington D.C.) -- The new Wire Act opinion written by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in November but only made public in January won’t be implemented until...
article DOJ Punts Enforcement Date Of New Wire Act Opinion To June 14
(Washington D.C.) -- Originally, Tax Day and doomsday for the new DOJ Wire Act opinion were one and the same. April 15 would be the first day the DOJ would enforce the...

3/3/2019

article DOJ to Extend Wire Act Opinion Grace Period by 60 Days
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) has been the first to budge in the saga surrounding the latest Wire Act Opinion. Following a number of complaints...
article Justice Department extends delay of Wire Act changes until June 14
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article New Wire Act interpretation affects gaming regulators, consumers
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3/1/2019

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(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of Justice will extend its non-prosecution period related to the agency’s recently-revised Wire Act opinion for an additional...

2/28/2019

article Wire Act opinion puts future of online gaming in limbo
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2/25/2019

article DOJ to Pass on Reversing 2011 Wire Act Opinion?
(Florida) -- Unlike many other US states, Florida actually has a law on the books that make it illegal for residents to participate in any form of online gambling as it...

2/21/2019

article Here’s The Other Wire Act Lawsuit That Could Shape The Future Of US Sports Betting
(Washington D.C.) -- On February 15, everyone was talking about New Hampshire filing suit against the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding the legitimacy of the new...

2/20/2019

article How The New Hampshire Filing Against The DOJ Will Affect Online Gambling In Other States
(New Hampshire) -- Last week, the New Hampshire Attorney General filed a complaint against the recent Department of Justice opinion that applied the Wire Act to all...

2/19/2019

article Betting firms battling the odds: US online gambling reversal puts ‘chill‘ on massive industry
(Washington D.C.) -- The US Justice Department‘s decision to expand a federal prohibition on internet gambling will cast a pall on the industry as businesses and...

2/17/2019

article New Hampshire online lottery sues over gambling opinion
(New Hampshire) -- A U.S. Department of Justice legal opinion that could threaten online gambling and state-run lotteries is being challenged in court by the state of...

2/16/2019

article Atlantic City online gambling in DOJ crosshairs as NJ prepares to fight back
(New Jersey) -- Online gaming in New Jersey has become a billion-dollar industry, and state officials are concerned the federal government’s recent interpretation...
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(Washington D.C.) -- Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., talked to U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein “several times” about changing the Justice Department...

2/15/2019

article New Hampshire Lottery Aims Powerball at DOJ, Sues to Block Enforcement of Wire Act Opinion
(New Hampshire) -- The State of New Hampshire has made good on its threat earlier this week that it was ready to sue the Department of Justice over its reinterpretation...
article New Hampshire online lottery sues over gambling opinion
(New Hampshire) -- U.S. Department of Justice legal opinion that could threaten online gambling and state-run lotteries is being challenged in court by the state of New...

2/14/2019

article NJ Senate President To DOJ: Rescind Wire Act Opinion Or We’re Going To Court
(New Jersey) -- New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney has asked the Department of Justice to rescind its new opinion on the Wire Act. And if the DOJ does not,...

2/13/2019

article Gambling States And Stakeholders Join Chorus Of Opposition To Wire Act Opinion
(Washington D.C.) -- The US Department of Justice unleashed a cloud of uncertainty in December when it published a reinterpretation of the 1961 Wire Act and its...
article MGM CEO: Feds' Wire Act opinion is perplexing, unenforceable
(Las Vegas) -- The chairman and chief executive officer of casino operator MGM Resorts International on Wednesday decried a U.S. Department of Justice opinion that is...
article MGM CEO: ‘Powerball Isn’t Legal Anymore’ Under Strict Reading Of Controversial Wire Act Opinion
(Las Vegas) -- The top executive for MGM Resorts International certainly took notice of the Department of Justice’s new interpretation of the federal Wire Act. And...

2/11/2019

article New Hampshire Lottery Prepared to Sue Feds over Wire Act Reinterpretation, as US AG Whitaker Denies Corruption
(New Hampshire) -- New Hampshire lottery officials have said they are prepared to sue the federal government if needed to protect the revenues the state derives from...

2/10/2019

article Sheldon Adelson Got a Surprise Gift in the Middle of the Government Shutdown
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article NH will sue to keep $5M/year in lottery profits at stake in Trump online gambling crackdown
(New Hampshire) -- A Trump administration opinion on the legality of online lottery sales puts at risk at least $5 million a year in New Hampshire Lottery profits,...

2/9/2019

article Acting Attorney General Says Nothing ‘Corrupt’ In Policy Change For Top Trump Donor
(Washington D.C.) -- Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said on Friday that nothing “corrupt” occurred when the Department of Justice suddenly changed...
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(Washington D.C.) -- Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker on Friday staunchly denied influencing the Justice Department’s recent reinterpretation of the...
article New Jersey seeking all communications between Sands and DOJ over Wire Act ruling
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2/8/2019

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(New Jersey) -- In response to the recent legal opinion from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) finding that federal criminal law could apply to state-sanctioned...

2/7/2019

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2/6/2019

article New Jersey, Pennsylvania Attorneys General Demand Wire Act Answers From DOJ
(New Jersey) -- The attorneys general for New Jersey and Delaware are demanding answers from the US Department of Justice on how the federal agency came to its new...
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(Washington D.C.) -- The New Jersey and Pennsylvania attorneys general are preparing to challenge the U.S. Department of Justice’s recent opinion expanding the...

2/5/2019

article Pennsylvania And New Jersey Call DOJ Out On Its Wire Act BS
(Washington D.C.) -- Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal sent a letter to the Department of Justice regarding the...
article Top Lottery Group Says Wire Act Opinion ‘Detrimental’ To Industry; Court Challenge Likely Looms
(USA) -- Lotteries in the United States made their displeasure known with the recent change in the interpretation of the Wire Act by the Department of Justice.The North...
article New Jersey, Pennsylvania Submit Joint Letter To DOJ On ‘Deeply Troubling’ Wire Act Opinion
(Washington D.C.) -- Pushback surrounding the new Wire Act opinion from the US Department of Justice is beginning to materialize. One day after a group of lottery...
article Pa., NJ ask feds to withdraw ‘troubling’ online gaming rule
(New Jersey) -- The attorneys general of New Jersey and Pennsylvania on Tuesday asked the U.S. Justice Department to withdraw a “deeply troubling” legal opinion that...

1/31/2019

article Wire Act Opinion Could Strip Education, Social Services In Sports Betting States
(Washington D.C.) -- Nearly two weeks ago, a new Wire Act opinion surfaced from the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel, potentially shaking the...

1/27/2019

article BURNETT: DOJ’s Wire Act reversal disregards existence of effective state regulation
(Washington D.C.) -- 2018 was a big year for gaming – the Supreme Court delivered a huge win for state sovereignty, gaming operators, consumers and the sports...
article DOJ opinion on Wire Act will not survive legal challenge
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1/26/2019

article Justice Department opinion could restrict online gambling
(Washington D.C.) -- A recent U.S. Department of Justice opinion could strengthen the federal prohibition of online gambling across state lines. Steven Engel, assistant...

1/25/2019

article AGA Responds to DoJ’s Revised Opinion of US Wire Act
(Washington D.C.) -- At a population of approximately 325 million, the US would be an enormous national marketplace if online gambling were ever to be entirely legalised...
article Justice Department opinion could restrict online gambling
(Washington D.C.) -- A recent U.S. Department of Justice opinion could strengthen the federal prohibition of online gambling across state lines.
article The House Always Wins: The DOJ Reverses Itself On The Wire Act
(Washington D.C.) -- On January 14, 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice expanded restrictions on online gambling, publicly releasing a November 2, 2018 opinion (the...

1/24/2019

article NEWELL: Poker Alliance, AGA, Ifrah, Minton Speak on Wire Act Decision
(Washington D.C.) -- The backlash from the recent Wire Act decision has been swift and harsh. It has come from states’ rights activists and internet rights groups...

1/23/2019

article A New Cloud Over Internet Gaming
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) Office of Legal Counsel issued an opinion on January 14, 2019 (“Opinion”) stating...
article KINDT: DOJ opinion will help protect kids from dangers of online gambling
(Washington D.C.) -- Shocking a gambling establishment working to place 24/7 gambling on every cell phone and video game, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on Jan. 14...
article Will DOJ Ruling Put The Brakes On Legal Online Sports Betting?
(Washington D.C.) -- As the Feb. 3 Super Bowl approaches — heaven for football fans and gamblers, including bettors who make wagers via online channels —...

1/22/2019

article AGA Weighs In On Wire Act Opinion, But NJ Online Gambling Remains In Limbo
(Washington D.C.) -- The American Gaming Association responded to the new Wire Act opinion in a statement released last week. It comes five days after the US Department...
article Wire Act reversal, panned by the gaming industry, was celebrated by one company
(Las Vegas) -- The geneses for last week’s stunning Department of Justice’s reversal of a seven-year-old interpretation of the Federal Wire Act probably took...

1/21/2019

article DOJ iGaming reversal facing undue influence allegations
(Washington D.C.) -- Lobbyists allegedly working for American casino magnate, Sheldon Adelson (pictured), may have reportedly played a significant role in getting the...
article Lesniak back to fight DOJ on Wire Act reversal
(New Jersey) -- One of New Jersey’s strongest gaming advocates is prepared to fight the federal government, again, over a recent U.S. Department of Justice memo...
article Lesniak: DOJ ruling could damage NJ’s online gambling, sports betting market
(New Jersey) -- Lawmakers in New Jersey are warily eyeing the Department of Justice’s recent strict interpretation of the Wire Act, which critics say could heavily...
article Amid PA gambling expansion, questions arise about federal laws
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania is in the middle of rolling out a slate of gambling expansions, including online gaming. In general, things have been going smoothly. But...

1/20/2019

article Adelson Casino Lobby Behind U.S. Decision to Limit Online Gambling
(Washington D.C.) -- For over a decade, one of America’s biggest gambling magnates has waged a campaign against the legalization of online gambling in the United...
article Chips are down for online gamblers as US moves toward new ban
(Washington D.C.) -- US authorities have begun an effort to ban all forms of internet gambling, reversing course from a 2011 decision and imperiling a burgeoning online...

1/19/2019

article AGA: DoJ Wire Act reinterpretation is "unfortunate"
(Washington D.C.) -- The American Gaming Association (AGA) has questioned the Department of Justice’s (DoJ) recent reversal on the Wire Act. The DoJ this week...
article Justice Department’s reversal on online gambling echoed fight by Sheldon Adelson’s casino lobbyists
(Washington D.C.) -- The legal reasoning behind the Justice Department’s unusual reversal this week of an opinion that paved the way for online gambling hewed...
article United States DOJ announces 90-day prosecutorial holiday
(Washington D.C.) -- The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has reportedly announced that it is to give online gambling firms up to 90 days to alter their...
article VELOTTA: New Wire Act interpretation affects gaming regulators, consumers
(Washington D.C.) -- Just when it was looking like nationwide online sports wagering had a chance of catching fire, the U.S. Department of Justice stepped in and might...
article Congress and the Wire Act: How US Legislators Could Affect the Fate of Online Gaming
(Washington D.C.) -- Following the controversy generated this week by the Justice Department (DOJ) in revising its interpretation of the Wire Act, there is a chance...

1/18/2019

article AGA: Statement on DOJ Reinterpretation of the Wire Act
(Washington D.C.) -- Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Justice released a memorandum reconsidering a 2011 opinion on the applicability of the Wire Act beyond...
article Congress and the Wire Act: How US Legislators Could Affect the Fate of Online Gaming
(Washington D.C.) -- Following the controversy generated this week by the Justice Department (DOJ) in revising its interpretation of the Wire Act, there is a chance...
article Former NJ Senator Lesniak To Seek Judgment on ‘Outrageous’ Wire Act Reversal
(Washington D.C.) -- Former New Jersey state Sen. Raymond Lesniak is ready to answer the call of current Senate President Steve Sweeney and the New Jersey Senate...
article Inside Gaming: New DOJ Opinion Changes Stance on Online Gambling
(USA) -- This week's Inside Gaming shares news of a new Department of Justice opinion with the potential to impact current and future prospects for online gambling...
article Justice Department’s Reversal on Online Gambling Tracked Memo From Adelson Lobbyists
(Washington D.C.) -- The legal reasoning behind the Justice Department’s unusual reversal this week of an opinion that paved the way for online gambling hewed...
article New DoJ opinion on the Wire Act could be Rod Rosenstein’s swan song
(Washington D.C.) -- It came to light this week that in November 2018 the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) reversed the 2011 opinion that the Wire Act only applied to...
article The DOJ’s New Take On The Wire Act Is Just Another Opinion
(Washington D.C.) -- Them’s fightin’ words! An arm of the federal government reversed an 8-year-old legal opinion that certain states always figured gave...

1/16/2019

article Poker, tribes and DFS to bear brunt of new Wire Act changes
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal gaming groups, online poker, daily fantasy sports and iLottery operators could face years of uncertainty following the Department of Justice...
article Rosenstein Memo On Wire Act Surfaces From DOJ: Businesses Have ’90-Day Window’ To Comply With Changes
(Washington D.C.) -- US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has issued a memo regarding the recent reinterpretation of the federal Wire Act. According to Rosenstein,...
article DOJ Does High “Wire Act” – Flip Flops on Legality of Online Gambling
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued an opinion (DOJ Opinion) that reverses its 2011 Memo, in which it opined that the prohibitions of the...

1/15/2019

article CSM: Justice served on internet gambling
(Washington D.C.) -- A legal opinion by the Justice Department reinstates a long-held interpretation of a 1961 law against gambling by electronic means. States moving...
article Does The New Wire Act Memo On Online Gambling Have A Legal Leg To Stand On?
(Washington D.C.) -- Looking at Monday’s news on a new federal Wire Act memo from the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) requires a brief history lesson. The original...
article In a win for casinos, a new DOJ opinion makes all online gambling illegal
(Washington D.C.) -- Late last night, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a new legal opinion that goes against an earlier one from 2011. The opinion says a law...
article Justice Department opinion could threaten online gambling
(Washington D.C.) -- A legal opinion from the U.S. Department of Justice made public Monday could threaten the viability of online gambling that crosses state lines such...
article RON PAUL: Sheldon Adelson's casino interests ahead of states' rights? Stop Trump from filling the swamp
(Washington D.C.) -- In one of the most brazen examples of crony capitalism since President Trump was elected, on Jan. 14 the Department of Justice just made public a...
article U.S. Justice Dept broadens restrictions on internet gambling
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Justice Department will effectively prohibit online gambling and lottery businesses, experts said on Tuesday, after it decided to broaden...
article US gambling operators have 90 days to comply with new rules
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of Justice will wait 90 days to implement a legal opinion that will affect online gambling. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on...
article Waldrop: Online Betting On Horse Racing Still Legal Despite Justice Department Reversal On Wire Act
(Washington D.C.) -- Legal online wagering on horse racing will not be directly affected by a new U.S. government Department of Justice opinion on the Wire Act but could...
article London Report: internet casino operator 888 slides after US ruling
(UK) -- Internet casino operator 888 slid after the US Department of Justice ruled that all forms of online gambling were illegal across state borders. Its judgment...

1/14/2019

article Department Of Justice Reverses Wire Act Opinion That Said Law Is Limited To Sports Betting
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel has issued a replacement for its 2011 opinion saying that the Wire Act only applies to...
article DOJ issues new opinion on Wire Act, throwing interstate online gambling into limbo
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of Justice has issued a new legal opinion that expands the scope of a law barring gambling over state lines — a move that...
article DOJ reverses 2011 opinion of the Wire Act; legal online gaming in question
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of Justice’s legal counsel office reversed a 2011 opinion that the Federal Wire Act applies only to sports betting,...
article Justice Department issues new opinion that could further restrict online gambling
(Washington D.C.) -- The Justice Department late Monday issued a legal opinion that could further restrict online gambling even as some states have been moving to...
article Justice Department opinion could threaten online gambling
(Washington D.C.) -- A legal opinion from the U.S. Department of Justice made public Monday could threaten the viability of online gambling that crosses state lines such...
article New DOJ opinion expands Wire Act outside of sports betting
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of Justice announced the reversal of a 2011 opinion on the Wire Act on Monday, making the law applicable to all forms of gambling...
article U.S. Now Says All Online Gambling Illegal, Not Just Sports Bets
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Justice Department now says federal law bars all internet gambling, reversing its position from 2011 that only sports betting is prohibited...

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