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IMEGA Preparing for Possible April Appeals Court Date

The Gears of the Law Turning in Challenge to UIGEA


iMEGA is fighting the lawThe Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association (iMEGA) received a request from the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals asking to be informed of iMEGA’s lawyer’s availability in April to hear oral arguments in its challenge against the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.

“We’re very happy the Court is moving forward to schedule oral arguments,” said Joe Brennan Jr., iMEGA chairman. “We’re confident we have a strong suit, and it will be difficult for the Department of Justice to defend the UIGEA, because it is so fatally flawed.”

IMEGA, whose members include many online gambling and poker companies, is suing the federal government to attempt to kill the UIGEA on the grounds that it’s unconstitutional.

IMEGA’s lawsuit targets the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Reserve, and the Federal Trade Commission, and seeks to have the law overturned.

The trade organization’s attorneys claim that the UIGEA should be “void for vagueness,” because it doesn’t define exactly what is “unlawful” online gambling.

This lack of definition by the authors of the UIGEA has caused years of delays as the Federal Reserve and Treasury Department officials wrote and revised the rules that banks will have to follow. In November, outgoing President George Bush told the departments to finish the UIGEA rules in order for them to be finalized by the time he leaves.

The UIGEA will supposedly stop U.S. citizens from gambling and playing poker online by forcing the banks to stop online banking transactions between the sites and their customers here. The UIGEA is set to go into effect in December 2009.

IMEGA’s first round in the courts ended with a dismissal.

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