DOJ Delays Wire Act Case

Online gaming attorney Jeff Ifrah opines on what the delay might signal about the DOJ’s case.

The US Department of Justice was granted an extension last week by the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit that effectively delays the case to determine if the Wire Act of 1961 applies to online gaming beyond sports betting.

Following the announcement by the DOJ in January 2019 that it has a new interpretation of the Wire Act which it now believes restricts all forms of online gambling and not just sports betting (as it had been interpreted by the previous administration), the New Hampshire Lottery Commission (NHLC) filed suit.

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