DraftKings officially challenges New York AG’s injunction

Eric Schneiderman
Eric Schneiderman

DraftKings today has officially filed its brief with the Supreme Court of New York State, opposing Attorney General Eric T Schneiderman ’Cease & Desist” injunction preventing state-wide players from participating in fantasy sports games.

In brief the DFS operator argues that New York laws are the “same today as it has been for more than seven years” of which DFS competitions have been operating within the state, without any legal concerns. The New York AG therefore can hold no grounds to unilaterally change the law.

The operator further states that Schneiderman declaration that DFS is “illegal gambling” activity holds no weight as the AG has not supported his findings with any statistical analysis or research relating to the industry.

DraftKings labels its game services as complex games of skills, which it can support with expert evidence.

The DFS operator ends its statement as follows

“The New York Attorney General’s sudden about-face concerning the legality of DFS seeks to deprive the more than 600,000 New Yorkers of their right to choose how to spend their money and be entertained when they follow sports.”

“Telling citizens how they can spend their money, and what kind of entertainment they can enjoy, is unwarranted and not consistent with the principles of freedom and liberty upon which this country was founded”

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