The Fight Over DOJ's New Wire Act Opinion Continues
By Christopher Tellner and Katharine Fogarty (June 17, 2019, 5:14 PM EDT) -- In January 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel released its 2018 opinion on the Wire Act, concluding that it prohibits all state-authorized and regulated online gambling. In doing so, it surprisingly replaced its 2011 opinion, which found the Wire Act only applies to sports betting. This drastic shift has left the future of the gambling industry, specifically online casinos, the lottery and sports betting stranded in limbo as the issue is battled in court.
Some Quick Background: What Is the Wire Act?
The Federal Wire Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1084(a), is a criminal statute that was enacted...
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