Code of the District of Columbia

§ 36–641.18. Unlawful acts; action by the Attorney General.

(a)(1) No manufacturer, distributor, licensed establishment, or employee or agent of a manufacturer, distributor, or licensed establishment shall intentionally make a false or misleading representation concerning an individual's chances, likelihood, or probability of winning at playing a game of skill machine.

(2) An individual or entity claiming to be aggrieved by a fraudulent act or a false or misleading statement by a licensee shall have a cause of action in a court of competent jurisdiction for damages and any legal or equitable relief as may be appropriate.

(b) The Attorney General for the District of Columbia, in the name of the District of Columbia, may bring an action in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to enjoin an individual or entity or to seek a civil penalty of up to $50,000 for a violation of this subchapter or rule issued pursuant to this subchapter.


(Mar. 10, 1981, D.C. Law 3-172, § 418; as added Apr. 27, 2021, D.C. Law 23-280, § 7(b), 68 DCR 001156.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) creation of this section, see § 2(b) of Revised Game of Skill Machines Consumer Protections Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2021 (D.C. Act 24-16, Feb. 26, 2021, 68 DCR 002559).

For temporary (90 days) creation of this section, see § 2(b) of Revised Game of Skill Machines Consumer Protections Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Act 23-479, Oct. 1, 2020, 67 DCR 13284).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 days) creation of this section, see § 2(b) of Revised Game of Skill Machines Consumer Protections Temporary Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Law 23-257, Mar. 16, 2021, 67 DCR 13932).