Washington, DC facing lawsuit over awarding sports gambling operations to Intralot
A software developer is suing the district for failing to comply with local laws
After Washington, DC decided to give its sports gambling operations to Intralot on a silver platter, many people began to cry foul. There have been rumors of back-alley deals and payoffs that made the award possible, and several city councilmembers are already calling for a large investigation. If DC thought it would be able to secure the deal with Intralot without public outcry, it was sadly mistaken and a new lawsuit is just further evidence of the questionable actions the district took when it gave the Greek company the award.
A software developer in DC, Dylan Carragher, has launched a lawsuit against the local government over the agreement. He believes that the district was completely out of line when it awarded the contract and asserts that it is going to hurt his operations. Carragher has developed a mobile sports betting application and he’s concerned that it will never be taken seriously due to Intralot’s monopoly.
Carragher’s lawyer states in the suit that the DC Council “violated District of Columbia and federal law regarding proper government contract procurement procedures in an effort to spare Intralot from market competition.” He is requesting a declaratory judgment, but the case won’t be heard until December 20. That gives Intralot a lot of time to get its story straight.
DC awarded Intralot the contract without opening up the process to any other bidders. The company agreed to turn to local subcontractors to perform most of the work, even naming one of the largest contributors. However, that company, Veterans Services Corporation, is essentially nothing more than a shell company that was actually created by Intralot.