|SportingBet.com has issued a statement saying that the State of New Jersey acted outside of their jurisdiction when they issued a lawsuit against the Internet sportsbook last week.|
The State of New Jersey is taking civil action against eight online sports betting companies, including SportingBet.com and one of the company’s recent acquisitions, Sportsbook.com.
Both of the sites, which so far deny they have been served with court papers, are located at offshore sites. Sportingbet.com operates from Alderney in the Channel islands, and Sportsbook.com is based in Costa Rica.
In the statement Sportingbet.com stressed their offshore status and said that New Jersey had no jurisdiction to bring legal action.
“Sportingbet has no U.S subsidiaries or physical operations, personnel or other assets within the United States,” the statement says. “Accordingly, the company does not believe that the State of New Jersey has jurisdiction to bring any such actions against Sportingbet or its subsidiaries.”
Although most of the other companies involved in the action remained silent about proceedings, many are surprised about the news and have said that they have not received any notification from New Jersey about the lawsuits.
CryptoLogic, whose main licensee InterCasino was named as a defendant have asked all their licensees to remove links to sports betting sites from their web pages.