2018 Wire Act Reinterpretation Set Aside by U.S. District Court in New Hampshire

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On June 3, 2019, U.S. District Court Judge Paul Barbadoro issued a 60-page ruling rejecting the 2018 Wire Act Interpretation that stated the Wire Act applied to all forms of gambling rather than only sports betting. As mentioned in our prior blogs, this case was brought in New Hampshire by the New Hampshire Lottery Commission …

Proposed Loot Boxes & Microtransactions Gaming Bill

Josh Hawley, a United States Senator from Missouri, recently announced plans to introduce a bill titled “The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act.” The bill would, in essence, make it illegal for games “played by minors” to include loot boxes or pay-to-win microtransactions. How exactly the bill would achieve this is unclear as there is …

The Future of Loot Boxes in the State of Washington May Lie within its Courts

The Quinault Indian Nation has filed a lawsuit against Valve Corporation in the State of Washington alleging the popular game developer engages in unregulated and unlicensed online gambling. The complaint, filed on April 3, 2019, claims the introduction of the loot box system in CS:GO “was a deliberate attempt . . . to increase its …

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 …

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.  

Nevada Touts in a Bout

The United States Supreme Court (the Supreme Court) recently ended a nearly six-year legal battle regarding the constitutionality of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). In Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, 138 S. Ct. 1461 (2018), the Supreme Court, with Justice Alito authoring the majority opinion, joined by Chief Justice Roberts, and …

Social Trivia Offerings Go Viral Amplifying the Importance of Compliance

HQ Trivia has taken the country by storm. HQ Trivia is an app and trivia game, released in  August 2017 on iOS and later for Android in December 2017. The app has seen viral success by successfully turning Jeopardy! into a live smartphone game show. Now, HQ is coming out with a new show format: HQ Words, …