LA City Councilman accused of trading casino chips for influence

One of regulated gambling's selling points is that casinos, and other regulated operators, can act as the eyes and ears for law enforcement when it come to suspicious actions. For example, let's say that a man repeatedly walked into a big Las Vegas casino to cash in piles of chips, but he doesn't really gambler…

DOJ hits pause, not stop, on Wire Act enforcement

Officials at the US Department of Justice (DOJ) are delaying enforcement of the revised Wire Act of 1961 until December 31, 2019. That's the official word that came down in the form of a very sparse memo from Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen that was issued yesterday. Rosen's memo appears to be a direct response…

Wire Act re-do struck down by federal judge

US District Court Judge Paul Barbadoro handed a major victory to US gambling interests by striking down the Department of Justice's recent reinterpretation of the Federal Wire Act of 1961. In doing so, Judge Barbadoro saved interstate gaming, including the popular Powerball lottery and online poker liquidity pools. In a detailed, 60-page ruling, Judge Barbadoro…

DOJ says Wire Act re-do won't impact interstate lotteries

When the US Department of Justice recently re-wrote its interpretation of the Wire Act of 1961 to ban interstate gambling, it had not intention of impacting interstate lotteries such as the Powerball. That's what Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told a judge in a memo recently filed in a case filed by the New Hampshire…

Wire Act lawsuits picking up friends (of the court)

When the US Department of Justice (DOJ) reinterpreted the Wire Act of 1961 to expand its scope (and shut down many forms of regulated online gambling), a legal backlash was all but guaranteed. That backlash has arrived in the form of a lawsuit that was originally filed by the State of New Hampshire, via the…

DOJ puts off new Wire Act enforcement for 90 days

When the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued its new interpretation of the Wire Act of 1961 earlier this year, it was a move that clearly hadn't been thought out very well. After all, the idea that gambling operators would cease activities like interstate lotteries, poker pools, and daily fantasy sports overnight would be some pretty…

Trade group launches Wire Act Challenge (that's the third one if you're counting)

iDEA Growth, a trade group that lobbies in favor of online gambling in the US, is launching a challenge to the Department of Justice's (DOJ) recent re-interpretation of the Wire Act of 1961. The group filed their challenge in the District Court of New Hampshire and is the third body to officially challenge the stunning…

NJ politicians ready to go to war over Wire Act reversal

When the US Department of Justice reversed its 2009 opinion on the Federal Wire Act recently, it opened the possibility for legal action from states that thought this handout to GOP political donors was completely out of line. Now, barely two months after the reversal, New Jersey State Senate majority leader Steve Sweeney has announced…

States and trade groups marshal forces against Wire Act re-do

US-facing gambling operators and state governments were shocked when the Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced its re-interpretation of the 1961 Wire Act, so that it excluded interstate gambling. Their initial response was muted, but it was only a matter of time before they began mounting a coordinated defense of the emerging US online gambling…

DOJ grants 90 day reprieve on Wire Act adjustments

US-facing operators were stunned earlier this week by news that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) is reversing the 2011 opinion on the 1961 Wire Act, the one that made online gambling legal. But late Tuesday, the DOJ granted a 90-day reprieve so that operators can adjust their businesses to the new rules, according to…