Law360 (Jan 25, 2021, 9:47 p.m. EST) – The First Circuit’s recent ruling that the Federal Wire Act’s ban on interstate communications on betting only applies to sports betting confirmed a narrow view of 60-year-old criminal law attorneys saying this was a big win for the online lottery and gambling industries, even if it highlights the barriers to the growing legalized sports betting market.

Last week, the appeals court rejected a 2018 legal ruling by the US Department of Justice that interpreted the Wire Act’s prohibitions to apply to interstate gambling beyond pure sports betting. That opinion of the DOJ had reversed an earlier opinion from 2011 and caused consternation throughout gambling …

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