DOJ 'did not address' lotteries in Wire Act opinion, Deputy AG Rosenstein says in memo
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, a development that could mean the end of a federal court case brought earlier this year.
(See New Hampshire sues DOJ over new Wire Act ruling, Lottery Post, Feb. 15, 2019.)
The latest filing from the DOJ can be found below, including a memo signed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. There, he talks about the Office of Legal Counsel opinion off ...
Apr 10, 2019, 4:23 pm - Lottery News forum
NJ joins DOJ lawsuit over Wire Act interpretation
New Jersey is joining New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and several lottery companies in a suit seeking to invalidate the U.S. Department of Justice's legal ruling last year which critics said could hurt the state's multibillion-dollar online gaming and sports betting industries, Attorney Gurbir Grewal announced Monday.
Grewal, in the amicus brief filed March 8 in the United States District Court for New Hampshire, is seeking nationwide relief of the DOJ's reinterpretation of the federal Wire Act ...
Mar 12, 2019, 9:18 am - Lottery News forum
Appeal almost inevitable in Wire Act reinterpretation case, expert says
Big changes could be on the horizon for the gaming industry if the January reinterpretation of the federal Wire Act becomes a U.S. Justice Department mandate.
But how likely is that to happen?
Three law professors at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law tackled that question Thursday in a Moot Court presentation.
Broadly, the reinterpretation could further restrict internet gambling. The Justice Department reversed some of the stances it made in 2011, when it interpreted the law to ba ...
Mar 11, 2019, 9:43 am - Lottery News forum
State lotteries line up against DOJ reversal on Wire Act
State lotteries continue to fight back against a January Department of Justice reversal of its interpretation of the Wire Act, threatening every form of online gambling in the country.
(See DOJ reverses 2011 opinion of the Wire Act; legal online gaming in question, Lottery Post, Jan. 14, 2019.)
Now the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania joined a New Hampshire lawsuit challenging the validity of the new Wire Act opinion.
Before joining the lawsuit, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro co ...
Mar 11, 2019, 9:26 am - Lottery News forum
New Hampshire sues DOJ over new Wire Act ruling
New Hampshire on Friday became the first state to legally challenge last month's U.S. Department of Justice decision to revise the Federal Wire Act, filing a federal lawsuit that would halt enforcement of the opinion that could keep the state from selling lottery tickets online.
The state is asking a U.S. District Court judge to vacate the 23-page opinion from the Department's Office of Legal Counsel, confirm that the Wire Act does not apply to state lotteries, and permanently keep the Justic ...
Feb 15, 2019, 5:25 pm - Lottery News forum
WV Lottery not backing online gaming law this session
West Virginia Lottery officials will back two bills intended to increase revenue, but do not plan to pursue legalization of online gaming this session, Lottery Director John Myers told the House Finance Committee Friday.
We certainly see the opportunity in iGaming, he said. We fully intend to come back with that at some point.
Online gaming, or iGaming, can run the gamut from being able to able to buy tickets for Lottery drawings or scratch-off games online, to sports betting apps, to on ...
Jan 16, 2019, 1:02 pm - Lottery News forum
DOJ reverses 2011 opinion of the Wire Act; legal online gaming in question
The U.S. Department of Justice's legal counsel office reversed a 2011 opinion that the Federal Wire Act applies only to sports betting, potentially throwing the small U.S. Internet gaming market into question.
A 23-page opinion is dated Nov. 2, 2018 but became public Monday. Justice Department attorneys said they have, Based on the plain language of the issue, we reach a different result from the 2011 opinion of the 1961 Act.
While the Wire Act is not a model of artful drafting, we conclu ...
Jan 14, 2019, 8:15 pm - Lottery News forum
Iowa Lottery seeks to allow use of electronic cash and games
The Iowa Lottery will ask state lawmakers in January to allow them to modernize their operations making it easier for customers to purchase and play lottery products electronically.
Iowa Lottery spokesperson, Mary Neubauer says they've been talking about the issue for ten years or more. Things have now reached such a tipping point that we at the lottery truly believe it is our fiduciary responsibility to tell the public and lawmakers that with the ongoing trends in retail that we are seeing, ...
Dec 13, 2018, 8:15 am - Lottery News forum
Four NJ companies roll out sports betting as NFL season kicks off
On the day the National Football League season kicked off, four gambling companies either began offering sports betting in New Jersey or announced plans to do it soon.
The Tropicana casino said Thursday that it had reached a deal with William Hill Race Sports Book to offer sports betting in the near future. No timetable was given for the launch.
Hours later, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement said Caesars casino began online and mobile sports betting, but the casino said later i ...
Sep 7, 2018, 11:09 am - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania casinos file suit against state lottery over Internet-based games
Seven commercial casino operators in Pennsylvania have filed suit in Commonwealth Court against the Pennsylvania Lottery over its new breed of casino-style online games.
The casino operators are asking the court to stop the Lottery from offering the games, introduced in May, arguing they cut too close to the online games that the casinos say state gambling law reserves exclusively for them.
The suit alleges several of the Lottery's games improperly imitate the look, sound and feel of slot ...
Aug 22, 2018, 3:14 pm - Lottery News forum