..

iMEGA Appeal Filed in US 3rd Circuit

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Sep/29/2008

Today, iMEGA filed its brief with the US Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit, in the matter of iMEGA v. Keisler, et al. The suit challenges the constitutionality of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA), which prohibits US financial institutions from processing transactions between online gambling sites and US players, while shifting the determination, burden and cost of enforcement onto the financial institutions.



"This is a very simple argument on which we ask the Court to overturn this law," said Joe Brennan Jr., iMEGA chairman and CEO. "UIGEA should be 'void for vagueness', in that Congress has not defined what an "unlawful Internet gambling transaction" is, as they are required. Congress cannot delegate that necessary determination as to what is 'lawful' or 'unlawful' to US banks and credit card companies. The Department of Treasury, which has been tasked with drafting the regulations for UIGEA, has testified before Congress that they themselves cannot make that determination. Because Congress refused to draft necessary standards, the law is so inherently flawed as to make it totally vague and unenforceable, and we are confident that the Court will overturn it."



iMEGA's appeal follows a ruling by Judge Mary Cooper (US District Court, Trenton) that established iMEGA's associational standing to challenge UIGEA on the behalf of its members and the Internet gambling industry, but was dismissed by Judge Cooper without considering the constitutional issues raised in iMEGA's challenge.



iMEGA is represented on this appeal by lead counsel Eric M. Bernstein (Bernstein & Associates; Warren, NJ); Stephen A. Saltzburg (George Washington Univ. School of Law, Washington DC); and Edward J. Leyden (iMEGA president and general counsel, Hollrah Leyden LLP, Washington DC).

 

Read Brief Here

Gambling News

Sports Betting Strategy: Buying Pro Capper Picks

The typical sports bettor will try all sorts of strategies in an attempt to gain success. One strategy that bettors should strongly consider is buying pro capper picks. 

Mobile-Friendly Betting Software

Mobile-Friendly Betting Software

Technology can be a wonderful thing, and as a result, it has completely revolutionized the entire gambling industry.

5Dimes Seeks to Enter Legal New Jersey Sports Betting Market

5Dimes Seeks to Enter Legal New Jersey Sports Betting Market

The widow of deceased 5Dimes founder Sean "Tony" Creighton is seeking to obtain a sports betting license in the state of New Jersey after entering into a $47 million settlement agreement with the US feds and shutting the book down to the US market.

Daily Fantasy Sports Player Loses Out on Million Dollars Due to Stat Change

Daily Fantasy Sports Player Loses Out on Million Dollars Due to Stat Change

A Daily Fantasy Sports player lost out on a million dollar prize due to a negated Chicago Bears sack.

Positive Influence of Gambling on the Human Psyche

Positive Influence of Gambling on the Human Psyche

Gambling itself is not always portrayed in a positive light. Some of the most often referred articles are the ones that condemn online casinos and gambling. According to other articles, including the scientific ones, prove just the opposite. Gambling can bring a player dozens of positive emotions, including excitement, engagement, and joy. Most individuals are unaware of numerous health effects gambling can bring to the life of any individual. Let us take a closer look at the positive influences of online casinos on one’s psyche, as follows.

Syndicate