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Sunday, October 16, 2005

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Because Casino City asserts that it neither engages in illegal activity nor plans to engage in illegal activity, the court has ruled that Casino City faces no legitimate threat of prosecution and therefore lacks standing to bring a case to court.

The court is also unconvinced that Casino City should fear prosecution based on earlier actions of the Department of Justice. In June 2003, the DOJ sent a letter to the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) warning that companies that advertised for offshore gambling operations could be guilty of aiding and abetting an illegal activity (i.e. offering gambling services to U.S. citizens). The court highlights the fact that Casino City did not receive this letter.

The court also points out that although several subpoenas were issued to advertisers and other I-gaming related companies, Casino City did not receive a subpoena. According to the ruling, "The record simply fails to support a finding that Casino City is in any way subject to threat of investigation or an actual investigation." The ruling also states that the court is not persuaded that Casino City faces an imminent threat of prosecution because over one year has passed since the DOJ sent the letter and subpoenas.