DOJ Says Its New Wire Act Opinion Doesn't Apply To Lotteries

Law360 (April 9, 2019, 5:53 PM EDT) -- New Hampshire's lottery commission can't sue over a recent U.S. Department of Justice opinion that critics say effectively outlaws nonsports online gambling, the DOJ has told a federal court, because that opinion doesn't apply to lotteries.

The DOJ made the argument in a reply brief Monday concerning two cases in which the New Hampshire Lottery Commission and lottery vendor NeoPollard Interactive LLC are challenging the controversial 2018 opinion in New Hampshire federal court.

The Wire Act prohibits using wire communications to transmit foreign or interstate bets, information assisting in placing bets, and transmissions that allow the recipient to receive money or credit...

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