On Nov. 14, the Kentucky Court of Appeals blocked the Franklin Circuit Court from proceeding in the case until appellate judges can hear oral arguments and make a decision on the case. iMEGA and other trade groups had asked the Court of Appeals to intervene in the case of Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s attempt to seize 141 gambling domains as “gambling devices”. Oral arguments have been scheduled for December 12.
Defense attorneys for the plaintiffs and trade groups have asserted that the state does not have jurisdiction since the websites are owned by companies that are located in states other than Kentucky and some of them outside of the United States.
“This ruling will permit the Kentucky Court of Appeals to carefully deliberate on these important issues concerning the power of state government to regulate Internet commerce,” said Kenyon Meyer, a Louisville attorney representing the Washington, D.C-based Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association.