The District of Columbia (DC) government has reportedly issued a temporary injunction prohibiting the implementation of a contract whereby well-known gambling solution innovator Intralot SA should support the operation of its future mobile sports betting service.
Thursday’s The Washington Post newspaper reported Thursday’s two-week freezing of Justice Joan Zeldon’s DC Superior Court in response to a complaint from a local resident who had been angry with the Greek company for banning the $ 215 million deal.
In January, the mayor of the country, Muriel Bowser, was reported to have signed the legislation requiring Intralot SA to act as the sole acquirer for the DC Lottery in launching land-based and mobile sports betting services. The giant listed in Athens is already helping to run the district’s lottery, while the law on changing the sports betting lottery controversially precluded the normal betting rules in order to unilaterally extend this relationship to all forms of sports betting.
However, the lawsuit filed by Dylan Carragher, the founder of a local sports betting technology company, alleges that the non-bidding aspect of the law violates the Domestic Principle Act, as it merely provided Intralot with the lucrative contract and prevented his company from taking it over , He also claims that the measure has hurt taxpayers by preventing the city from achieving the best possible business, and by allowing residents to pay the odds.
By granting the provisional restriction, Judge Zeldon said there was a “significant likelihood” that Carragher’s lawsuit could prove that DC officials violated the Home Rule Act, which was passed in 1973 and gave the city some 702,000 residents Measure of local government. It also ordered that representatives of both sides of the case appear before a hearing on Tuesday discussing the application for interim measures.
The Washington Post reported that DC Lottery had hoped to be able to offer mobile sports betting from January, but that the injunction, along with the actual prospects of a later lawsuit, could postpone this launch date by many months.
Carragher’s lawyer, Donald Temple, told the newspaper that he was “prayerfully surprised” by the order of Judge Zeldon before he described the nature of the contract with Intralot SA as “illegal.”
Temple commented …
“Now the real question is whether the city, if it is illegal, will continue to defend what is illegal, or whether it will reconcile the illegality of its actions.”
In response to Judge Zeldon’s verdict, DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson told the newspaper that the district would ultimately prevail, as the injunction would only be a way to give parties time to explain and the court to find out. ‘
Mendelson explained …
“The plaintiff’s argument focuses on an arcane reading of the Home Rule Act and is a misreading.”