Pinellas County lawsuit alleges DraftKings, FanDuel are illegal gambling sites
Amid a push by some lawakers in Tallahassee to pave the way for fantasy sports sites to operate freely in Florida, litigation elsewhere in the state is challenging the legality of the popular pasttime.
Tampa Bay Times staff writer William Levesque chronicles the Florida suit here:
A Pinellas County man has filed suit against two popular fantasy sports websites accusing them of violating Florida gambling law.
The lawsuit by Nelson C. Steiner was filed in Pinellas-Pasco circuit court Monday against DraftKings and FanDuel, two companies that are leaders in the multi-billion-dollar fantasy sports industry.
The lawsuit said Steiner, who could not be reached to comment Wednesday, has never gambled on the sites.
Steiner's suit said the two websites engage in "seductive" and widespread advertising that entice participants with the potential of rich winnings. But the suit said the companies are violating Florida gambling law.
Since the state generates revenue from other legal gaming activities, "illegal gambling deprives the State of legitimate tax revenues which would be received if the illegal wagering were done under proper state laws."
The suit seeks an injunction prohibiting FanDuel and DraftKings from taking additional "bets" from Florida residents and forfeiture of the proceeds of any cash generated by the sites.