Judge: Sports betting suit can move on due to Patriots bet

Sports betting lawsuit plaintiff retired Dr. Daniel Harrop is seen in 2014 while campaigning unsuccessfully for Mayor of Providence. File photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A Rhode Island judge is allowing a lawsuit about the state legalizing and launching sports betting to move forward because the plaintiff lost a bet on the New England Patriots.

A Superior Court judge sided with the state in September, ruling that Republican activist Daniel Harrop lacked standing to sue.

The Providence Journal reports Harrop then produced evidence of a bet on a Patriots game and amended his complaint to cite the loss as grounds for standing.

The judge ruled Thursday the bet was sufficient to allow the case to continue.

 

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