Is A Ban On Gambling Ads A Violation Of Free Speech?

from the next-big-legal-challenge dept

Earlier this year, we noted that the Justice Department was telling websites they might be “aiding and abetting” illegal activity by running ads for online gambling operations, even if those operations were perfectly legal and run outside of the US. Now, the operator of a casino news website, Casino City, has filed a a lawsuit to have it declared that running such ads is protected free speech, and that the government can’t tell them to stop. Of course, there are some precedents, such as bans on liquor and tobacco advertising, but it doesn’t appear that any specific law has been put in place banning gambling ads. Still, all of this makes you wonder if the Department of Justice doesn’t have slightly more important things to be worrying about than if a casino news site has ads from online casinos.

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