In Reversal, DOJ Says Wire Act Applies To All Online Gaming

Law360 (January 15, 2019, 4:46 PM EST) -- The Department of Justice on Monday broadened restrictions on online gaming, saying the Wire Act's prohibitions against interstate gambling apply to non-sports betting, in a decision that is likely to see pushback from states and online gambling companies, according to legal experts.

Reversing its 2011 opinion that found the act only applied to sports-related bets, the DOJ's Nov. 2 opinion, released Monday, found that the language of the Wire Act was clear enough to show that all but one of its prohibitions applies beyond sports betting. The opinion also acknowledged that the department expects legal action to be taken against the...

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