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

It was a brutal day in court for the U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday as three federal appellate judges scoffed at its argument that state lotteries and their internet vendors should not be allowed to pursue a lawsuit to block the threat of prosecution for violating the U.S. Wire Act of 1961.

The U.S. Department of Justice is like a football team trailing by two touchdowns at half-time and hoping for a comeback in a case which...

The U.S. Department of Justice is doubling down on its argument that online lotteries and the internet gambling industry cannot challenge...

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;...