DOJ Extends Deadline to Enforce Wire Act Reinterpretation, Yet Again

In light of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission Wire Act ruling issued on June 3, 2019, the Deputy Attorney General for the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued a new memorandum on June 12, 2019 extending the June 14, 2019 deadline for implementation of the Wire Act reinterpretation. The last extension we reported was issued on February 28, 2019. The DOJ “is evaluating its options in response to” the recent opinion that stated the Wire Act only applies to sports gambling. Accordingly, the Department of Justice has extended the deadline “from June 14, 2019  to December 31, 2019 or 60 days after entry of final judgment in the New Hampshire litigation, whichever is later.”

This extension should give the online gaming industry some comfort while they await a final ruling in the New Hampshire lawsuit.

If you would like to discuss the Wire Act, please contact authors Karl Rutledge at krutledge@lrrc.com, Glenn Light at glight@lrrc.com, or Mary Tran at mtran@lrrc.com.