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Justice Department issues new opinion that could further restrict online gambling

The Justice Department late Monday issued a legal opinion that could further restrict online gambling even as some states have been moving to embrace it — a restriction long sought by GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson, who controls one of the world’s largest casino empires.

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10/7/2019

article Update On Wire Act Case: First Circuit Sets Deadlines For Briefs
(Washington D.C.) -- The lawsuit over the Wire Act and its applicability to online gambling is far from over. In this case, the United States Court of Appeals for the...

8/27/2019

article The DOJ Is Ignoring All Good Wire Act Advice And Going After The Wrong Target
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of Justice announced its intention to continue to waste everyone’s time and ensure the emerging US online gambling industry has...

8/21/2019

article VLOG: This Week in Gambling: Justic Department appeals Wire Act decision
(USA) -- The New Hampshire Lottery won a major victory in U.S. District Court earlier this year when it was determined that the Wire Act only applied to sports betting....

8/20/2019

article Justice Department to challenge internet gambling ruling
(New Hampshire) -- The Justice Department is planning to challenge a federal judge’s ruling that a law prohibiting interstate wagering applies only to sports...

8/19/2019

article Feds continue fight against online betting, threatening lottery sales
(New Hampshire) -- The federal government has doubled down on its opinion that selling lottery tickets online is an illegal form of gambling, a move that could threaten...

8/17/2019

article US Justice Department Wire Act Opinion Case Now Heads to Appellate Court
(New Hampshire) -- The announcement means the First Circuit Court of Appeals will now consider hearing the case between the DOJ and the New Hampshire Lottery Commission...

8/16/2019

article Department of Justice Appeals New Hampshire Wire Act Ruling
(New Hampshire) -- On Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a notice of appeal for the Wire Act decision from June in New Hampshire. In a totally expected move by...

8/1/2019

article LEGAL BLOG: Gambling on a DOJ Enforcement Action: State of the Wire Act
(Washington D.C.) -- Banks and payment processors involved with acceptance or processing of funds relating to gambling or state lottery systems can breathe a sigh of...

6/21/2019

article Congress To Consider Defunding DOJ Enforcement Of 2018 Wire Act Opinion
(Washington D.C.) -- Congress is involving itself in the attempt by the Department of Justice to expand the scope of the Wire Act. And believe it or not, federal...

6/19/2019

article The Trump administration tried to stop internet gambling. Now, New Hampshire ruling has opened the door to online lotteries and poker again
(Utah) -- Just eight months ago, the Trump administration signaled a crackdown on internet lotteries, saying the same law that prohibits sports betting through wire...

6/18/2019

article Congress To Consider Defunding DOJ Enforcement Of 2018 Wire Act Opinion
(Washington D.C.) -- Congress is involving itself in the attempt by the Department of Justice to expand the scope of the Wire Act. And believe it or not, federal...
article DOJ Extends Wire Act Compliance To 2020
(Washington D.C.) -- In January of this year, the Department of Justice surprised everyone with a rather old-fashioned interpretation of the Wire Act.

6/17/2019

article DOJ Delaying Enforcement Of New Wire Act Opinion Until 2020
(Washington D.C.) -- The US Department of Justice is biding time until early 2020 to enforce its new opinion on the Wire Act. On Wednesday, Online Poker Report obtained...

6/15/2019

article Op-ed: Decision to vacate DOJ’s Wire Act reinterpretation a win for online poker
(New Hampshire) -- A U.S. District Court ruling that said the Wire Act only applies to sports betting not only staves off a Department of Justice effort to end...

6/14/2019

article DOJ Memo Says No Wire Act Enforcement of Non Sports Bets Until 2020
(Washington D.C.) -- A week ago this past Tuesday a New Hampshire federal judge put limitations on the US Department of Justice’s 2018 reinterpretation of the Wire...
article Let’s Talk About The Lyons Case And Why It Matters More Than Ever Today
(New Hampshire) -- Back in February, patron-saint lawyer of sports betting Ted Olson, as well as a few gambling pundits on Twitter, advanced a proposition. They said the...

6/13/2019

article DOJ Directs Wire Act Effective for Sports Betting Only to 2020
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of Justice isn’t exactly acknowledging defeat, but its latest move does face the reality that it cannot legally enforce its...

6/12/2019

article New DOJ Memo: Feds Won’t Enforce Wire Act Beyond Sports Betting Until 2020
(Washington D.C.) -- The US Department of Justice is waiting until at least 2020 to enforce its reinterpretation of the Wire Act, according to a memo sent by the agency...
article Political pressure could be forcing DOJ’s hand in the next Wire Act legal battle
(Washington D.C.) -- Proponents of online gaming aren’t yet ready to spike the football. But the end zone is in view. The ruling 10 days ago by a New Hampshire...

6/10/2019

article Thanks To The Wire Act, There Is No “Shared Liquidity” In Sports Betting
(Las Vegas) -- Last week, US District Court Judge Paul Barbadoro reversed the Department of Justice’s 2018 opinion that the Interstate Wire Act applies to all...

6/7/2019

article Gaming officials dispute industry chilling effect of Trump DOJ online gaming rule
(New Jersey) -- The state’s top gaming officials disputed the notion of a “chilling effect” stemming from the U.S. Department of Justice’s ruling...
article How NJ Sports Betting Set Up A Potential Constitutional Problem For Everyone
(New Jersey) -- Prior to the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to legalize sports betting, the New Jersey argument that NJ sports betting was safe had a flaw. The...

6/6/2019

article BLOG: The Wire Act Applies Only to Sports Gambling, For Now
(Washington D.C.) -- On June 3, 2019, a federal court in New Hampshire issued a highly anticipated decision in New Hampshire Lottery Commission et al. v. Barr et al.,...

6/5/2019

article Gaming Lawyers Praise New Hampshire Court Ruling on Wire Act But Identify Decision’s Limitations
(New Hampshire) -- Lotteries and online casino operators are far less likely to face prosecution after a New Hampshire federal judge this week rejected an expanded...
article How Monday's Wire Act Decision Affects The Poker, DFS, And Sports Gambling Industries
(New Hampshire) -- On Monday June 3, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire held that the Interstate Wire Act applies only to "activities...

6/4/2019

article Federal Court “Discards” DOJ Interpretation Of Wire Act
(Washington D.C.) -- In a closely watched case, a New Hampshire federal court has ruled that the Wire Act is limited to sports betting and set aside the DOJ’s...
article White House Crosshairs on Online Lotteries Lifted by Judge
(New Hampshire) -- In a boon to the growing market of internet gambling, a federal judge barred the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday from expanding the Wire Act to...

6/3/2019

article Court decision supports N.J. online gambling over Trump administration opposition
(New Hampshire) -- A federal judge on Monday blocked President Donald Trump’s administration from going after New Jersey’s $350 million online gambling...
article Expanded U.S. Prohibition on Online Gambling Is Upended by Judge
(New Hampshire) -- The U.S. Justice Department’s recent move to expand a prohibition on online gambling under a 1961 law was overturned by a federal judge who...
article Federal Judge Sides With New Hampshire in Wire Act Case, Says Law Applies Only to Sports Betting
(New Hampshire) -- A federal judge on Monday sided with New Hampshire Lottery officials who claimed the US Department of Justice overstepped its boundaries when it...
article Federal Judge To DOJ: Wire Act Only Applies To Sports Betting
(New Hampshire) -- New Hampshire has won its lawsuit against the US Department of Justice clarifying the scope of a 1961 federal gambling law. In a 60-page ruling issued...
article HOLDEN: Why The New Wire Act Decision Might Not Be A Win For Sports Betting
(New Hampshire) -- The moment we have been waiting for since Feb. 15 has finally arrived, as we have a Wire Act memo decision from the New Hampshire District Court.
article LEGAL BLOG: New Hampshire Federal Judge Rules Wire Act Only Applies to Sports Betting - Now What?
(New Hampshire) -- On June 3, 2019, Judge Paul Barbadoro for the District of New Hampshire concluded in a 63-page Memorandum Opinion that the purview of the Wire Act is...

5/24/2019

article New Jersey AG Suing The DOJ Over Wire Act
(New Jersey) -- Who knows if the Department Of Justice will ever tell the truth about where its latest Wire Act opinion came? Let’s be thankful there’s still...

5/23/2019

article Money laundering penalties made tougher in Ohio sports betting bill
(Ohio) -- A bill that would legalize sports betting in Ohio was heavily changed Thursday to prevent people from using laundered money in the games. House Bill 194 also...
article Ohio, Nevada look to avoid a confrontation with DOJ
(Nevada) -- As the debate, as well as the lawsuits, still rages regarding the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) decision to change its stance on the Federal Wire...

5/14/2019

article Why a New Hampshire legal case is vital to U.S. sports betting growth
(New Hampshire) -- New Hampshire -- not New Jersey -- is the new epicenter for legal drama that could shape the expansion of sports betting and fantasy one year after...

5/10/2019

article With PASPA Gone, Wire Act Ruling Becomes Gaming’s New Threat
(Washington D.C.) -- The Supreme Court’s repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Act opened up the legal sports betting market and the potential for a $150...

5/7/2019

article Did Trump try to ban online gambling because that’s what his big campaign donor wanted? Murphy’s AG just sued to find out.
(New Jersey) -- New Jersey’s attorney general has gone to court to find out why President Donald Trump’s Justice Department changed its mind and now is...
article New Jersey sues over big GOP donor’s role in federal crackdown on online gambling
(New Jersey) -- New Jersey has sued the U.S. Department of Justice for failing to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request for any documents linking the lobbying...
article NJ attorney general sues DOJ over casino owner's link to Wire Act opinion
(New Jersey) -- The state attorney general has filed a lawsuit against the federal Justice Department for not providing answers about a Las Vegas casino magnate’s...
article US Policy Reversal on Online Betting Spurs Suit by New Jersey
(New Jersey) -- Hinting at a larger fight to come, New Jersey filed a federal complaint Tuesday for records on the new hurdle to online gambling that the Trump...
article Virginia ‘very closely’ following legal debate that could threaten interstate lottery games
(Virginia) -- A new interpretation of a federal law by the U.S. Department of Justice could mean some nationwide games offered by the Virginia Lottery would have to stop...

5/2/2019

article NH Lottery Vendor Says DOJ ‘Charade Must End’ In Wire Act Case’s Latest Filing
(New Hampshire) -- The New Hampshire Lottery’s vendor minced few words in its latest filing on the federal court case about the scope of the Wire Act and its...

4/30/2019

article Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Resignation Could Impact Wire Act Outcome
(Washington D.C.) -- Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has submitted his letter of resignation to President Donald Trump, and his exit could reshape the Department...

4/28/2019

article DOJ ruling could affect Michigan lottery revenue
(Michigan) -- A pending Department of Justice ruling could alter lottery operations in Michigan. In November 2018, the DOJ changed its 2011 interpretation of the Wire...
article Georgia leaders warn federal opinion could ‘devastate’ lottery profits
(Georgia) -- Georgia’s top officials warned there could be “severe” consequences to lottery-funded education programs if the U.S. Justice Department...

4/26/2019

article DOJ: NH lottery not proven it's immune from Wire Act
(New Hampshire) -- The U.S. Justice Department says in a federal court brief that the New Hampshire Lottery Commission has failed to demonstrate that it wouldn't be...
article Federal judge wants clarity from DOJ on Wire Act opinion
(New Hampshire) -- The U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) flip-flopping story about its Wire Act interpretation is getting a bit old, and there’s a lot of...

4/25/2019

article Justice Dept. wire act reversal could cost states $220M
(Washington D.C.) -- A recent opinion by the U.S. Justice Department has put a handful of states in danger of losing at least $220 million in annual lottery profits that...

4/23/2019

article Sheldon Adelson-backed Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling Wades into Wire Act Case with Faulty Argument
(Washington D.C.) -- Much of the legal battle between the Department of Justice and the State of New Hampshire over the new interpretation of the Wire Act will hinge on...

4/16/2019

article Legal opinion could have ‘devastating consequences’ for Mississippi lottery
(Mississippi) -- A federal legal opinion is putting every state lottery in jeopardy. But until there’s official guidance, it’s business as usual for...
article DOJ: Lotteries Not Part of Wire Act Opinion
(Washington D.C.) -- In releasing an updated opinion that said the 1961 federal Wire Act bans all forms of inter-state gambling, the Department of Justice wasn’t...

4/15/2019

article Legal opinion could have ‘devastating consequences’ for Mississippi lottery
(Mississippi) -- A federal legal opinion is putting every state lottery in jeopardy. But until there’s official guidance, it’s business as usual for...

4/13/2019

article Department of Justice Interpretation of the Wire Act Dissed by Gaming Attorney Anthony Cabot
(Nevada) -- State lotteries are in limbo, pending a final determination on the Wire Act by the Department of Justice. Anthony Cabot, noted gaming attorney, is asking how...
article Judge gives a deadline in lottery case to Justice Department
(New Hampshire) -- A federal judge on Thursday gave the U.S. Justice Department 2 weeks to clarify its position on laws regulating internet gambling after hearing...

4/12/2019

article Instant Reaction To The Wire Act Hearing: How Well Did It Go For Online Gambling?
(New Hampshire) -- The US District Court in New Hampshire hosted oral arguments in a case about the Wire Act on Thursday. On one side is the Department of Justice,...

4/11/2019

article State Lotteries Do Not Come Under The Purview Of The Wire Act: US Department Of Justice
(Washington D.C.) -- The US Department of Justice in it latest statement has said that the state lotteries are exempt from the controversial wire act.
article Wire Act Application to State Lotteries in Limbo as DOJ’s Newest View Dissed by Gaming Expert
(Washington D.C.) -- Prominent gaming attorney Anthony Cabot is calling the latest interpretation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on the Wire Act — and whether...
article Judge gives Justice Department a deadline in lottery case
(New Hampshire) -- A federal judge is saying he won’t dismiss a legal challenge from New Hampshire over a U.S. Justice Department opinion the state fears will...

4/10/2019

article Feds move to dismiss NH lottery suit, admit Wire Act not meant to target states
(New Hampshire) -- The U.S. Department of Justice moved to dismiss the New Hampshire state lottery’s lawsuit that maintains a federal memo written last November...
article New Hampshire challenging federal ruling on online gambling
(New Hampshire) -- A federal judge will hear a legal challenge from New Hampshire over a U.S. Department of Justice legal opinion that the state fears will threaten...

4/9/2019

article Move Over, New Hampshire: NJ May Retake Charge Of Gambling Fight
(USA) -- A Department of Justice legal opinion made public in January titled “Reconsidering Whether the Wire Act Applies to Non-Sports Gambling” roiled the...

4/8/2019

article DOJ ‘Did Not Address’ Lotteries In Wire Act Opinion, Deputy AG Rosenstein Says In Memo
(Washington D.C.) -- A new memo from the US Department of Justice says that state lotteries are not at all impacted by the DOJ’s reinterpretation of the Wire Act,...

4/2/2019

article The Mouthpiece: Digging up the truth on internet gambling law
(Washington D.C.) -- We all know that the law of Internet gaming in the USA is what sailors used to call “a soup sandwich”: a self-contradictory circus.

3/30/2019

article Lottery lawsuit looms over NH budget writing
(New Hampshire) -- New Hampshire lawmakers are writing the state budget without knowing whether they can rely on a key source of revenue, but the state attorney general...

3/26/2019

article Lottery Director Warns N.H. Could Lose Millions Pending Outcome of Federal Lawsuit
(New Hampshire) -- The state's top lottery official is warning lawmakers that New Hampshire could lose millions if it doesn't prevail in its lawsuit against the...

3/25/2019

article DOJ Files Motion to Dismiss New Hampshire Challenge to Wire Act Opinion
(Washington D.C.) -- On Friday, the US Department of Justice filed a motion dismiss a lawsuit brought by the New Hampshire Lottery that challenges its new Wire Act...
article US DOJ unlikely to reverse its opinion on the Wire Act
(Washington D.C.) -- A move by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to squash a lawsuit against it shows exactly how it feels about the backlash it has received for its...
article Mississippi AG joins coalition seeking to protect state lotteries
(Mississippi) -- Attorney General Jim Hood joined a group of 25 attorneys general in expressing concern over a sweeping legal opinion that may negatively impact state-...

3/24/2019

article AG Curtis Hill joins bipartisan coalition to protect state lotteries
(Indiana) -- Attorney General Curtis Hill joined a group of 24 other attorneys general in expressing concern over a sweeping legal opinion that may negatively impact...
article DOJ dismisses Wire Act lawsuit
(New Hampshire) -- The US Department of Justice has filed a motion to dismiss New Hampshire’s lawsuit against its opinion that the 1961 Wire Act bans all forms of...

3/23/2019

article BLOG: DOJ Seeks to Dismiss New Hampshire Wire Act Case
(New Hampshire) -- It was only a matter of time before the United States Department of Justice responded to the lawsuit filed against it and US Attorney General William...

3/20/2019

article Wire Act Opinion Crippling Potential Growth Of Mobile WV Sports Betting
(West Virginia) -- The US Department of Justice and its new stance on the Wire Act continue to create headaches for some state-regulated gambling industries. In a...

3/16/2019

article Wire Act Reinterpretation Could Be At Risk As State Lottery Officials Pressure DOJ
(Washington D.C.) -- Legal experts say that Department of Justice (DOJ) officials could soon buckle to mounting pressure to limit or even withdraw a controversial...

3/14/2019

article Numerous States File to Support New Hampshire Wire Act Case
(New Hampshire) -- When the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel revealed its new opinion regarding the Wire Act in January, it was more than a little...

3/13/2019

article Michigan Attorney General part of national effort to protect state lottery revenue
(Michigan) -- Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is asking a federal court to reject a recent opinion by the U.S. Department of Justice that says online state...

3/12/2019

article Grewal joins DOJ lawsuit over Wire Act interpretation
(New Jersey) -- New Jersey is joining New Hampshire and several lottery companies in a suit seeking to invalidate the U.S. Department of Justice’s legal ruling last year...
article New Jersey Muscles In On New Hampshire’s Bid To Preserve Online Gambling
(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...
article Lawsuit against DOJ over Wire Act gains more traction
(Washington D.C.) -- If anyone is starting to get tired of hearing about the U.S. Federal Wire Act and the Department of Justice (DOJ), sorry—things are just...

3/10/2019

article Law professors: Courts will decide final outcome of proposed Wire Act changes
(Las Vegas) -- Gaming law expert Tony Cabot believes a Michigan company has an ace in the hole as it heads into a legal battle to fight potential U.S. Justice Department...

3/8/2019

article All Aboard The Wire Act Case: NJ Supports Challenge To DOJ In Federal Court
(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...
article New Jersey Adds Its Name In Support Of Federal Wire Act Challenge
(New Jersey) -- New Jersey has entered the ring in a legal battle against the Department of Justice. PlayNJ confirmed Friday that the Garden State aligned itself with...
article With DOJ Wire Act Enforcement Postponed, NJ Online Casinos Have Until June 14 To Comply
(New Jersey) -- The New Jersey gambling industry is no stranger to waiting on legislation. A year and a half after Atlantic City casinos waited out the Supreme Court of...
article The Wire Act Muddle Could Create Business for Cryptogambling
(USA) -- There has been a considerable amount of talk in the federal and state legislatures about the Wire Act, and the implications court cases and legislation may have...

3/7/2019

article A Look Inside How Courts Have Applied The Wire Act To Gambling
(USA) -- The biggest news in the gaming industry over the past several months has undoubtedly been the Department of Justice’s updated opinion regarding its...

3/5/2019

article Gambling on a DOJ Reversal
(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
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of Justice extended any implementation of the agency’s revised Federal Wire Act opinion until June 14, according to a memo...
article 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...

3/1/2019

article DOJ Set To Extend Wire Act Window For An Additional 60 Days
(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
(Nevada) -- To mark the 50th Anniversary of the World Series of Poker (WSOP), Caesars Interactive Entertainment announced a schedule for nine online “gold bracelet...

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...
article Even for Washington, the Fight Over Online Gambling Has Been Unusually Shady
(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
(Washington D.C.) -- Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire Republican casino mogul, is associated with a singular political project: his long-running mission to uproot the U....
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...
article Wire Act reinterpretation was not ‘corrupted’, Matthew Whitaker says
(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
(Washington D.C.) -- The first salvo launched by two states at the U.S Department of Justice’s Federal Wire Act reinterpretation all but blames Las Vegas Sands...

2/8/2019

article Mazzeo and Armato Statement on Federal Threat to Online Gambling Industry in New Jersey
(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

article DOJ Opinion: Wire Act Applies to All Internet Gambling
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced January 15, 2019 that the Interstate Wire Act of 1961 prohibits online state lottery sales and other...
article Justice Department decision to issue legal opinion long sought by casino magnate Sheldon Adelson draws criticism
(Washington D.C.) -- The Justice Department’s decision last month to release a legal opinion that could further restrict Internet gambling is drawing fire from...

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...
article NJ, Pa. Attorneys General Blast DOJ's Reversal Of Wire Act (sub req)
(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
(Las Vegas) -- On January 14th, the U.S. Department of Justice, in a rebuke of its previous position announced in 2011, released an opinion claiming that all forms of...

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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