iMEGA Takes UIGEA to Court
June 19, 2009 (CAP Newswire) – Several news sources are reporting that the Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association (iMEGA) has confirmed that July 6, 2009 marks the date in which it will formally take its case against the U.S. Justice Department to a federal court of appeals.
iMEGA is a group that advocates for freedom of the Internet, and has been instrumental in influencing government policy changes in recent government cases against the iGaming industry (such as the recent Kentucky and Minnesota cases). On July 6, it will argue that the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) of 2006 should be repealed on the grounds that it is “unconstitutional”.
The grounds for that claim? The law is too vague, says iMEGA. That means that the UIGEA is open to a wide variety of different interpretations, essentially rendering it ineffective as a law.
In a best-case scenario, the court could agree and order the UIGEA be overturned. The more likely outcome is that the case will require further judicial review and/or be taken to a higher court.
Either way, iMEGA and its leader, Joe Brennan, are to be commended for continuing to work to get the biased and unfair law repealed.
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