DOJ facing yet another lawsuit over the Wire Act
An online gambling trade group is going after the DOJ
After the Department of Justice (DOJ) decided to reverse course on its view of the Federal Wire Act, many in the gambling industry predicted that the department would face serious legal backlash. It didn’t take long for those predictions to come true, as New Hampshire indicated that it would file a lawsuit. New Jersey is waiting to hear from the DOJ before it submits its lawsuit, but the papers are ready. Now, a third lawsuit has surfaced, brought forth by a trade group that advocates for online gambling regulations.
IDEA Growth filed its suit in New Hampshire. The organization is being represented by Ifrah Law PLLC and the firm’s president, Jeff Ifrah, has emphasized that he hopes the New Hampshire courts will responsibly look at just the legalities of the case, not the political aspects that are involved.
The attorney stated, “We trust that the New Hampshire Court will give appropriate weight to judicial precedent over political factors in making its decision, a decision sure to have a major impact on a fast-growing industry poised to offer significant economic benefits to states across the country.
“The January 14, 2019, opinion glosses over case law precedent and largely ignores the legislative history that accompanied the Wire Act, which supports the original 2011 Memo.”
The New Hampshire Lottery led the charge, following a suit against the DOJ and newly appointed Attorney General (AG) William Barr. Barr wasn’t even at the helm when the DOJ issued its opinion in January, but, as the top man, he has to bear the brunt of any legal action against the department. The man ultimately responsible for the decision is Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, who is being forced out of office next month over allegations that he conspired to secretly record conversations with President Trump. The defendant in the New Hampshire case is simply listed as “USA.”