New Hampshire’s lawsuit against the US Department of Justice has begun, with the future of online gambling in America at stake. The DOJ contends that the Federal Wire Act applies to all forms of gambling, while New Hampshire and fourteen additional states disagree. Links to gambling news stories, games reviews and special offers below.
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✴️ Battle Over Wire Act ‘Likely’ Headed To Supreme Court ✴️
A recent memo by the United States Department of Justice that appeared designed to try to immediately knock the New Hampshire Lottery out of the battle over limitations on legal sports betting failed in federal court on Thursday.
Judge Paul Barbadoro of New Hampshire, after listening to four hours of oral argument, denied the DOJ’s motion to dismiss the lottery’s lawsuit over alleged “lack of standing.” In fact, he poured cold water on the idea in the first 10 minutes of the proceeding.
And perhaps in recognition that there are vague echoes here of another vaguely-worded federal law that led to New Jersey’s victorious sports betting battle at the nation’s highest court last year, the judge noted: “I have a strong feeling that however I resolve the case, or however the First Circuit resolves the case, it is likely going to be resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court either way.”
That comment had the gaming industry buzzing.
Meanwhile, an attorney for the Michigan Attorney General’s office was rebuffed in a longshot bid seeking a ruling that flatly declares that the 1961 Wire Act only applies to sports betting. The judge indicated that his ruling would stay within the bounds of the First Circuit, whatever that ruling may be.
That was enough to make former New Jersey state Senator Ray Lesniak celebrate, in the sense that he has been urging his state’s officials not to wait and hope for a national edict from the New Hampshire court. (But our sense that the supplemental memo gambit might pay off for DOJ did not happen – not yet, anyway.)
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