The Depart of Justice (DOJ) is facing yet another challenge to its recent opinion on the Wire Act, this time from trade group iDevelopment and Economic Association (iDEA) Growth.
A representative body seeking to “grow jobs and expand the online gaming business” in the US, iDEA Growth has filed a federal lawsuit in New Hampshire. The third organization to challenge the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel, iDEA will be represented by veteran gaming attorney Jeff Ifrah.
Ifrah Law Joins the Fight for Online Freedom
Best-known for his involvement with Full Tilt and PokerStars after Black Friday, Ifrah is strong figure to have on the industry’s side. Commenting on the recent filing, he made it clear that any negative fallout from the DOJ’s U-turn on the Wire Act could affect jobs and the economy.
“We trust that the New Hampshire Court will give appropriate weight to judicial precedent over political factors in making its decision, a decision sure to have a major impact on a fast-growing industry poised to offer significant economic benefits to states across the country,” Ifrah tweeted on February 26.
As well as experience fighting for the online gaming industry, Ifrah’s law firm, Ifrah Law, is supporting a significant trade organization. Counting the likes of The Stars Group, Paysafe, DraftKings and Golden Nugget among its members, iDEA is backed by some of the world’s leading gaming and financial brands.
A Win Now Could Become a Win in the Future
Although nothing is certain when it comes to legal battles with the US federal system, pressure is clearly mounting in the DOJ. Unlike 2011 when online gaming sites where caught unaware by Black Friday, those with a vested interest in the industry are now prepared to stand and fight.
For sports bettors, casino and poker players in the US, the signs are encouraging. Momentum often breeds momentum and other states could now move to protect their fledging gaming economies. Should that happen, we may not only avoid a whitewash but stand a chance of overturning the DOJ’s decision.
From there, anything is possible. A victory of the DOJ in 2019 could lead to more positive changes and, possibly, even federal regulation for the online gaming industry.