Seven years after an original Department of Justice (DOJ) legal opinion cleared the way for states to regulate online casino, poker and lottery games, the legal landscape for U.S. online gaming has been clouded by a sudden move by the Trump administration to reverse that opinion and advise that the 1961 Wire Act applies to gambling activities beyond sports betting, after all.
Although the opinion of the DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel might ultimately be contested in court, it raises new legal questions for interstate gambling activities and may even jeopardize lawful intrastate gaming and sports betting, depending on how or whether the opinion is actually enforced.
See below for GamblingCompliance’s coverage of DOJ opinions on the Wire Act and how they intersect with other federal laws.
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