DOJ Extends Deadline for Implementation of Wire Act Reinterpretation

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We previously reported that, as a result of the 2018 Opinion, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein issued a memorandum on January 15, 2019 stating that Department of Justice (“DOJ”) attorneys should refrain for ninety (90) days  from pursuing any actions against persons and businesses that relied on the 2011 interpretation in order to allow them …

Nevada Touts in Less of a Bout

As noted in a prior blog,[1] Senate Bill 46 (SB 46)[2] was filed to regulate services that provide advice on wagering in racing or sporting events. SB 46 would require tout service providers and persons involved with the operations to register with the Nevada Gaming Commission (the Commission) and allow the Commission to regulate how …

New Hampshire Becomes First State to Sue DOJ Over New Interpretation of the Wire Act

As noted in our prior blog post, the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) Office of Legal Counsel (“OLC”), in a controversial move, recently released an opinion overturning its 2011 interpretation of the federal Wire Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1084. The DOJ’s reinterpretation states that the Wire Act applies to any form of gambling using wire communications …

DOJ’s Reinterpretation of the Wire Act Draws Swift Lottery and State Opposition

As noted in a prior post, on January 15, 2019, the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) Office of Legal Counsel (“OLC”) issued an opinion dated November 2, 2018, replacing the OLC’s 2011 interpretation of the federal Wire Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1084. The new interpretation states that the Wire Act is applicable to any form of …

Office of Legal Counsel Reinterprets the Wire Act

On January 14, 2019 the Assistant Attorney General Steven Engel of the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) Office of Legal Counsel (“OLC”) issued an opinion dated November 2, 2018 (the “2018 Opinion”) replacing the OLC’s 2011 interpretation of the federal Wire Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1084  (the “Wire Act”). The 2018 Opinion states the Wire Act …

UPDATE: Potential DOJ Reversal of the 2011 Wire Act Opinion

As an update to our prior blog about a potential DOJ reversal of the 2011 Wire Act Opinion, you can read more about the DOJ Opinion made public on Monday, January 14, 2019 here: https://www.cdcgamingreports.com/doj-reverses-2011-opinion-of-the-wire-act-legal-online-gaming-in-question/ Opinion available here: https://www.justice.gov/olc/file/1121531/download For more information contact Gaming attorney, Karl Rutledge at KRutledge@lrrc.com.  

Potential Reinterpretation of the Wire Act

It has been reported that the Department of Justice may issue a new opinion on the federal Wire Act within the next week. Ever since the Murphy v. NCAA, et al. Supreme Court decision which rendered the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act as unconstitutional, the Wire Act has been under review by many. In …