It has been announced that a Harvard Study exposed focus on the Family's (Citizen Link) claim that gambling online is more addictive than land based casino gambling.
The US 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals has notified lawyers of the Interactive Media & Gaming Association (iMEGA) and the US Department of Justice that the Court is ready to consider the case of iMEGA's challenge to the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA). Oral arguments were originally scheduled for April, but the Court had sent iMEGA's motion to supplement the record. The DOJ disagrees with the motion.
The Court's letter stated: â€œThe panel will determine whether there will be oral argument, and if so, the amount of time allocated for each side. No later than one (1) week prior to the disposition date will you be advised whether oral argument will be required, the amount of time allocated by the panel, and the specific date on which the argument will be scheduled.â€
It should also be mentioned that iMEGA had submitted a motion in March to have the Court record in the case supplemented with news of â€œover-blockingâ€ of state lottery transactions by credit card companies in such states as New Hampshire and North Dakota. However, the Justice Department opposed the addition of the new information and explained its action by saying, the new information was not submitted to the district court and the challenge to the law was not an â€œexceptional caseâ€.