Dark Cloud Has Silver Lining For iMEGA
March 7, 2022
The Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association (iMEGA) received a major setback on Tuesday, as their case seeking an injunction against the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act (UIGEA) was dismissed. The case brought forth by iMEGA had six distinct points - each one summarily dismissed by US District Court Judge Mary L. Cooper. Judge Cooper, however, also ruled against governmental cross-motions against iMEGA as an entity, and by so doing gave iMEGA the legal status to appeal the decision or to file future actions against the UIGEA as a group potentially affected by it.

iMEGA representative, Chairman Joe Brennan, in his remarks about the case, seemed pleased that the Judge's ruling brought to light many of the inherent problems with the UIGEA:

"Judge Cooper found that banks, credit card companies and other payment system instruments are exempt from criminal sanctions under UIGEA, significantly undercutting UIGEA's enforcement mechanism. Her ruling echoes the growing consensus of opinion that UIGEA is a fundamentally flawed statute...her honor's decision significantly undercuts the federal government's argument that UIGEA is a well-drafted, effective and enforceable law."

iMEGA has already announced tentative plans to appeal the decision to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

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