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.

Insight & Analysis

The new U.S. attorney general who will be chosen by President-elect Joe Biden to run the U.S. Department of Justice is almost certain to abandon an appeal in federal court to enforce a Trump administration opinion that threatens the future of internet lotteries and mobile gambling.

Coronavirus and the expansion of online sports betting will continue to accelerate the adoption of digital payments across the U.S. gaming...

A pending federal court ruling on the Wire Act, which could influence the future of the U.S. gaming industry and appeared to be going the...

Regulatory Research

This report outlines the current legal and regulatory framework for different forms of internet gambling at the federal and state level,...
In this special Q&A, GamblingCompliance provides analysis of the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) reversal of its own 2011 legal opinion...
This roundup of key legislative and regulatory developments from February 2019 includes information on gaming litigation in New Hampshire;...