New Jersey AG files lawsuit against DOJ over Wire Act
Sheldon Adelson’s involvement is directly called out in latest filing
Under the current guidelines, New Jersey poker players will be able to participate in WSOP online poker events this year, but only until June 14. That is the date that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has established as the end to its grace period after having changed its mind on what constitutes a violation of the Federal Wire Act. While lawsuits have already been launched that challenge the opinion, New Jersey is going a step forward. Its attorney general (AG), Gurbir S. Grewal, has now filed a lawsuit against the DOJ that directly accuses Sheldon Adelson of influencing the opinion.
The AG asserts that the DOJ has yet to provide records supporting its decision to revise its Wire Act opinion in relation to the ongoing litigation. Grewal believes the department is trying to stonewall the investigation, a move that is further supported by the DOJ’s repeated attempts to have the suit thrown out of court.
Grewal adds, “Online gaming is an important part of New Jersey’s economy, and the residents of New Jersey deserve to know why the Justice Department is threatening to come after an industry we legalized years ago. It’s especially important that we figure out whether this federal crackdown is the result of a lobbying campaign by a single individual seeking to protect his personal business interests.”
He adds, “It’s especially important that we figure out whether this federal crackdown is the result of a lobbying campaign by a single individual seeking to protect his personal business interests.”
Grewal is requesting documents from the DOJ per a Freedom of Information Act request, which the DOJ has yet to produce. Most industry insiders believe that someone caused the DOJ to change its opinion, with virtually all fingers pointing at Adelson.