On April 16, 2020, the Supreme Court of the State of Illinois (the “Supreme Court”) rejected a claim that online fantasy sports constitute illegal gambling under the State’s criminal code. In Dew-Becker v. Wu, the plaintiff initiated suit seeking to recover the $100 he had lost to defendant in a fantasy basketball league on FanDuel. Plaintiff based his lawsuit on a section of the State’s criminal code that allows individuals who lose money through illegal gambling to seek recovery from the winner. The trial court, the intermediary appellate court, and ultimately the State’s highest court, all rejected the plaintiff’s attempt to shoehorn this criminal statute into a case involving fantasy sports law.
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