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Additional Legal Pressure against Online Casino Ban

The legal pressure on US Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez is building up. Not only did Antigua and Barbuda sued the United States for damaging the country’s economy by banning online casino business from operating in America, and it’s not enough that the European Union is filling claims against international trade agreements breach, but now the Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association is suing Gonzalez personally alongside with the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. IMEGA is hoping to get a temporary restraining order against the ban over the online casino industry in the United States.

The original case was filed back in June 5, but a judgment on the matter was not made. According to the recently filed suit co-defenders have until September 4 to reply for the charges. The United States, by banning most of the online casino industry, have made things very uncomfortable for millions of American, entertainment groups and finally – the American government. IMEGA is claiming that the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act infringes basic Constitutional rights of American citizens and therefore isn’t legal at all. Additionally, criminalizing money transmission over the internet sets a dangerous precedent for all sorts of i-commerce bands.

The American government would do good to cancel the ban over the online casino industry and give Americans the freedom to choose for their own what kind of home entertainment they would like to consume. Telling people what kind of games they can play at home and what kind of internet activity they shouldn’t be indulged with is simple not right. Online casino gambling doesn’t hurt anyone and the person who risks his money does so for the purpose of entertainment and should be entitled for his decision. As long as responsible gambling is practiced, there should be no ban.

OCA News Editor

Jenny McKinnley is OCA’s financial correspondent. After spending years on the trading floor in both NY and London, she offers insight from the inside out on world financial news and events.