iDEA Growth opposes ban on online gambling in the US

27 February 2019

The iDEA Growth Trade Association, which supports the distribution of regulated online gambling in the United States, was the last organization to file a legal complaint against a revised Department of Justice (DoJ) opinion on the ban on interactive gambling.

In January, a revised opinion issued by Assistant Attorney General of the Office of Legal Counsel Stephen Engel was made after the Department of Justice’s criminal department revised its 2011 ruling, which paved the way for the deployment of online gambling in several US states.

According to the updated provision, the law prohibits all forms of interactive gambling, and not just sports betting.

Ifrah Law company, which represents iDEA Growth, intends to file a lawsuit against the Department of Justice in the New Hampshire District Court.

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Jeff Ifrah, the lead attorney for the iDEA Growth suit, commented:

We believe that the New Hampshire court will give appropriate weight to the judicial precedent over political factors when making its decision. He will certainly take into account the fact that online gambling can bring significant economic benefits to states across the country.

New Hampshire’s iLottery technology and services provider NeoPollard Interactive also filed a lawsuit with the New Hampshire District Court.

The local lottery commission, represented by the state attorney general’s office, filed a cassation complaint against the Department of Justice, stating that the updated provision does not match the text, structure and purpose of the legislative history.

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