The Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association (iMEGA) has announced that its challenge to the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act in the form of an appeal action against the US Department of Justice has been set down for July 7th 2009 at 10.00 am, when arguments from the parties will be heard at the US courthouse in Philadelphia.
The US 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals has named the three-judge panel selected to hear oral arguments as Judge Dolores Korman Sloviter, a Carter appointee; Judge Thomas L. Ambro, a Clinton appointee; and Judge Kent A. Jordan, a George W. Bush appointee.
iMEGA will be represented by Eric M. Bernstein, who first argued to have UIGEA overturned in US District Court, and Stephen A. Saltzburg, professor at the George Washington University school of law and former deputy attorney-general of the United States.
The defendants – the US Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Reserve – will be represented by Nicholas J. Bagley and Jacqueline E. Coleman of the US DoJ's civil division in Washington, DC.
"This law will finally have to stand on it's own two feet in court, free from politics and all other outside influences," said iMEGA chairman Joe Brennan Jr. "We feel very confident that when the judges take a look at the law, they will see just how defective it is, and they will overturn it."