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Anti-gambling group files lawsuit against Draftkings and Fanduel

Posted at 11:06 AM, Oct 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-05 19:00:37-04

New York citizens filed a lawsuit with the New York State Supreme Court Wednesday challenging the constitutionality of the new internet gambling law recently passed by the state legislature.

The law includes the legalization of daily fantasy sports gambling.

The state’s constitution prohibits gambling, except those forms specifically granted exemptions, such as wagering on horse races, charitable contests, a limited number of commercial casinos and state-operated lottery.

Attorney Neil Murray of the firm O’Connell and Aronowitz filed the litigation. “The plaintiffs seek to protect the public from predatory gambling consistent with the Constitution,” Murray said. “They also intend to stop FanDuel, DraftKings and other internet gambling operators from exploiting the financially desperate and the addicted in New York.”

The lawsuit focuses on two key points. The first is daily fantasy sports gambling.

The second point takes aim at how daily fantasy sports has been misrepresented as a game of skill rather than chance.

New York supporters of Stop Predatory Gambling (SPG), a government reform group, helped bring the lawsuit.