It’s a big day for the industry. US District Court Judge Paul Barbadoro listens to the plaintiffs (the New Hampshire Lottery et al.) and defendants (the DOJ) make their cases in Concord.
The judge is far more sympathetic to the plaintiffs’ arguments, but a ruling in their favor is far from a certainty. Barbadoro calls the issue “one of the most challenging statutory constructions” he’s seen in 26 years as a jurist.
“I have to get it right,” he says. “I have to do my best to get it right, and that’s going to take some time because it’s a complex issue.”
And now we wait.