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The United States Department of Justice is giving betting operators until the middle of June to comply with the group's new interpretation of The Wire Act of 1961, clamping down on sportsbetting and internet gambling.
Back in January the DoJ reversed the 2011 opinion by the same department that said the Wire Act of 1961 didn't apply to internet gambling. Somehow, the department said that the law's intent was to cover the internet, which didn't exist at the time. When the reversal came, operators were given until April 15th to comply or face legal action, but they've extended the deadline by 60 days to allow for groups to fall in line.
The change in deadline will give affected states the chance to get their lawsuits in, as lawmakers that have legalized sportsbetting and internet betting within their borders have vowed to take action to protect their rights. The states of New Jersey, and Pennsylvania have already put in their lawsuits, and have vowed to take the case all the way to the Supreme Court if need be.
We'll be following this story and will update readers as we learn more.