Reversing the Reversal: Creating Wire Act Chaos
by Brendan Bussmann
Late in the afternoon of January 14, 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released a new memo reversing its stance on the Interstate Wire Act of 1961. This 23-page memo, issued by the DOJ’s Office of the Legal Counsel (OLC) and dated November 2, 2018, stressed that the Wire Act applies to all forms of gaming. The memo reversed an earlier DOJ memo issued in 2011 which stated that the Wire Act only applied to sports betting.
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