New Jersey and Pennsylvania AG’s ask U.S. DoJ to withdraw legal opinion

News on 6 Feb 2019

New Jersey and Pennsylvania State Attorney General’s Gurbir S. Grewal and Josh Shapiro have joined forces in a letter asking the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to withdraw “a deeply troubling” opinion that effectively makes internet gambling illegal.

The letter addressed to Federal Acting Attorney General Whitaker and Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein expresses strong objections to the DOJ Office of Legal Counsel’s recent opinion on whether the Wire Act applies to non-sports gambling (see previous reports).

“This about-face is wrong and raises significant concerns in our states,” the letter reads.

“We ask that DOJ withdraw its opinion altogether or assure us that DOJ will not bring any enforcement actions against companies and individuals engaged in online gaming in our states—where it is appropriate under state law.”

The full text of the letter can be read here.

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