Vice Squad
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
 
Crackdown on Ads for Internet Gambling Challenged on First Amendment Grounds


The Department of Justice has been pressuring websites and broadcasters to not accept advertisements for internet gambling operations, and has even confiscated gambling ad revenue paid to the Travel Network. Now Casino City, a company that operates web portals providing information on online gambling and that receives some of its revenues from online gambling ads, is fighting back. Casino City has filed a challenge in federal court, seeking "a declaration as to its constitutional rights to engage in lawful commercial speech." (Here's the court filing, a 7-page pdf document.) This issue could also be connected to the ongoing WTO dispute about web-based gambling.

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