New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit that aims to make FanDuel and DraftKings return all the money the sites won in New York state.
Schneiderman’s lawsuit also seeks a fine of up to $5,000 for each violation, NBC reported, adding that the sites made approximately $200 million last year from around 600,000 New Yorkers.
The lawsuit stated that damages are sought because of “the fraudulent and deceptive acts and the repeated fraudulent acts and persistent illegality” of the online gaming sites’ operations in New York, USA Today reported in a related article.
“The AG’s goal here is to extract every ill-gotten dollar from DraftKings and FanDuel’s New York contests, and then some,” Daniel Wallach, a sports and gaming law expert at Becker & Poliakoff, said to USA Today.
This latest filing comes as DraftKings and FanDuel continue to have legal problems nationwide, including in Illinois where Attorney General Lisa Madigan has claimed that they are illegal, USA Today added
Earlier this year, Schneiderman moved to stop the companies from operating in New York, believing them to be illegal gambling operations, NBC added.