Group Sues Over US Online Gambling Law

from the not-so-lawful dept

It’s well known that, last year, Congress hid an anti-online gambling law inside a bill about protecting our ports, knowing that politicians wouldn’t vote against protecting our ports. There’s been quite an uproar about this, and at least some politicians are starting to reconsider the law. However, that process is apparently too slow for some. A group called the Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association, an organization apparently put together so hastily that it has no website, has filed a lawsuit preventing the government from enforcing the law. The lawsuit apparently also notes that even the WTO says that the US is violating international treaties with its stance on online gambling. While any court case would take years (probably longer than any change to the laws), it could certainly bring some more attention to the law (and potentially prevent its enforcement for the duration of the case).

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-Sx- (user link) says:

How old is this law?

Their WhoIs record was created this year, LOL:

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Anonymous Coward says:

Re: How old is this law?

“How old is this law?”

How old is what law? By posting the whois-lookup record, I dont understand what law you are referring to… or did you NOT mean “law”, and instead meant “website”.

Back to the article; The only law that is being referred to is the bill that was passed in October 2006 which is also one of the links in this article (

Shun says:

So they're holding out for an injunction?

I guess that would be the point of filing the suit, but I am still confused. I guess it’s a “kick ’em while they’re down” mentality. Still, I like how the article at the gambling911 site mentioned that the U.S. is attempting to modify its treaty obligations to Antigua/Barbuda.

Good luck with that. The U.S. record on living up to its treaty obligations is hardly stellar. It would be nice if they were held to account, for once. Also, since when does the re-negotiation of a bilateral treaty == curing violations of the WTO? Even if they changed their relationship to this one country, they would still be in violation, generally, for favoring their own gambling operations over those of foreign competitors.

I don’t gamble, but I can see the basic unfairness of this law. It’s a riot, seeing rulings go against the U.S. in WTO proceedings. Such irony.

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