Wed, Jul

iMEGA Moves Towards Court Challenge Against UIGEA


After winning a case that will allow it to appeal against the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, the Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association (iMEGA) filed a brief with the Third Judicial Circuit Court of the US Court of Appeals last week. iMEGA is challenging the constitutionality of the UIGEA.

The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for iMEGA, Joe Brennan said: “This is a very simple argument on which we ask the court to overturn the law. 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.”