The constitutionality of a new law legalizing and regulating daily fantasy sports in New York is being challenged in court, according to the group Stop Predatory Gambling.
According to SPG, a group of New York citizens filed a lawsuit with the New York State Supreme Court on Wednesday. While the state legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo enacted a law regarding DFS this summer, the lawsuit contends that a constitutional amendment was needed to do this.
Other forms of gambling in the state are authorized by the state constitution, the lawsuit contends, so DFS must be also. The law’s proponents and the DFS industry argue the activity is a game of skill, and not gambling.
Attorney Neil Murray of the firm O’Connell and Aronowitz filed the litigation, according to a release from SPG:
“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.”
According to SPG, it “raised the money to fund the litigation from individual supporters and citizen groups in New York,” noting it “does not accept any financial contributions from gambling interests.”
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