The federal government is not done fighting its reinterpretation of the??Wire Act.
The??Department of Justice on??Friday officially filed a charm on its legal battle with the??New Hampshire Lottery, beating the??Aug. 19??deadline by three days.
This appeal comes over two months following a district court in New Hampshire issued a??60-page view in resistance of the DOJ.
Judge Paul Barbadoro, that oversaw the event, opined the 2011 representation of the Wire Act proved more accurate compared to the DOJ’s revised view which came to light late last year.
As a result the Wire Act applies??solely to sports rather than to the broader assortment of online gambling the DOJ targeted.
In reality, the allure has been expected. Barbadoro said during the April hearing:
Indeed, it seems the road leads directly to the First Circuit Court of Appeals.
In a declaration, Jeff Ifrah, founder of the internet gambling lobbying group iDEA Growth, called the DOJ’s appeal”hardly unexpected” but”certainly unwarranted.”
It still has to formally petition the court of appeals while its appeal filed. The court will assess the situation and then determine if moving ahead with the case makes sense.
The First Circuit is not in session for arguments but will return in??October.
So at least for a month and a halfof the world of gambling won’t change. However, is anyone’s guess.
The good news: It doesn’t, per se.
Over the past year gaming in the state??has removed, courtesy of a burgeoning NJ sports betting business that matches both dozen NJ online casinos and gambling sites.
For now, operators in the Garden State can assert business as usual.
The bad news: We now come back to some”what-if” point that was produced after the emergence of the DOJ’s reinterpretation of the Wire Act.
Sports gambling and online gambling in New Jersey have flourished recently. Operators have reported over $31 million??in NJ online casino revenue. The sector had never before had one month reaching that absolute until after the debut of online sports gambling since launching in November 2013.
To boot, sports betting revenue in New Jersey has created over $3.4 billion??in wagers since going live in June 2018, leading to $221.7 million in earnings during that time.
Certainly plenty is at stake in the judgment is reversed by the First Circuit Court of Appeals while operators at the country might continue business as usual.
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