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Sunday, October 16, 2005

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The U.S. Department of Justice was successful yesterday in getting Casino City's case dismissed by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. The case is one that many in the I-gaming industry hoped would re-establish advertising for Internet gaming services in the American market.

Casino City in August filed a motion for declaratory judgment regarding its right to carry advertising for Internet gambling services. Proponents of the right to advertise for offshore gambling operations were hoping that the court would return a verdict stating that the DOJ's application of aiding and abetting charges to advertisers violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The court instead found that "Casino City has failed to establish an actual case or controversy because it is clear it does not have standing to file this suit under the facts of this case."

The court has come to the conclusion that Casino City has failed to demonstrate that it faces a "realistic danger of sustaining direct injury." First, "Casino City has failed to allege its intended activities constitute those which are prohibited by statute." The court emphasizes the fact that Casino City has argued that its activities are legal "because it does not accept proceeds which come from illegal bets, deposits, or wagers placed by persons located in the U.S."