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Kentucky, Minnesota and Frank's Bill

June 02, 2009

There are two major issues in the courts and one in the legislature that will determine the future course of online gambling in America. There has been recent activity as far as all three issues are concerned; however the end is still a long way to go.

One issue is about the domain name seizure in Kentucky. After the state of Kentucky lost by 2 to 1 decision in the Kentucky Court of Appeals, it filed an appeal in the Kentucky Supreme Court. The Supreme Court gave the domain name owners represented by iMEGA up to June 1 to file their brief. iMEGA filed a brief on May 27. In addition to iterating its earlier arguments, iMEGA has requested the Supreme Court to review a videotape of the proceedings through which the state obtained the order to seize the domain names. iMEGA is extremely confident that it will get a favorable result in the Supreme Court as well. In fact the chairman of iMEGA pointed out that the only reason the state of Kentucky was fighting the case was that it had given it to the attorneys on contingency basis and would not have to pay a cent if they lost. The next step would now be the filing of a rebuttal brief by the state’s attorneys.

In a similar case in Minnesota, the state asked the ISPs to block access to 200 online gambling websites. iMEGA had immediately challenged in this order in court. However as of now an out of court settlement may well be possible. The ISPs have refused to comply with the state’s order. In their view and that of iMEGA the Wire Act of 1961 under which the order was issued does not apply. There appear to be some other drawbacks in the order issued by the state of Minnesota through its Department of Public Safety. Many of the online gambling websites named in the order do not in any event service American customers. The state’s lawyers and those of iMEGA are trying to find a way to avoid costly and needless court proceedings.

Barney Frank and Peter King introduced the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act in the House in the first week of May. This bill seeks to overturn the UIGEA. Till last count 23 members of the Congress had announced their sponsorship of the bill. Most of them were from Democratic Party. Apart from King another Republican Congressman Ron Paul from Texas is supporting the bill. Independent Gregorio Sablan from Manila Islands is also behind the bill. Last time around Frank had been able to collect 50 co-sponsors for his bill, but he has time yet to add to the current numbers.

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