IGT is suing the U.S. Department of Justice, seeking Wire Act clarification

IGT is suing the U.S. Department of Justice, seeking Wire Act clarification

Article brief provided by The Boston Globe
  • Dan McGowan, The Boston Globe
November 27, 2021 9:35 PM
  • Dan McGowan, The Boston Globe

    Rhode Island-based IGT is suing the US Department of Justice over a 2018 legal opinion that the lottery and gambling giant claims could force the company into “the choice of either fundamentally restructuring (or closing) its business, or risking a federal felony prosecution.”

    IGT is seeking clarity on whether a large chunk of its non-lottery business – like online casino gaming – is subject to the federal Wire Act, a 1961 law that banned most forms of interstate gambling…

    IGT wants to know if it can run online lotteries and other forms of gambling for states without the threat of prosecution. The lawsuit notes that “virtually all modern lottery and gaming relies on interstate wires.”