|CasinoCity.com, the media company behind Online.CasinoCity.com and www.CasinoCityTimes.com has today filed a complaint against the US Department of Justice, which argues that its prohibition of gambling advertising is a violation of free speech and in direct opposition to the First Amendment of the US Constitution. |
The DOJ sent letters to media organizations, such as the Magazine Publishers of America, the Independent Press Association, and the National Newspaper Association requesting that they warn their members that to accept gambling advertising was a prosecutable offence. Subsequently, in what Casino City calls a ‘chilling’ assault on free speech, subpoenas` were issued to a variety of media outlets demanding detailed information on the purchase and placement of online casino and sportsbook advertisements.
“Many individuals in the online gambling industry view the actions of the DOJ as a form of blackmail based on the belief of a few government officials rather than established legal principles,” say Casino City.
Casino City, which in 1995 became the original model for the gaming portal, says that I-gaming advertisements form an important part of its revenue. Company CEO, Michael Corfman, said, 'The public has the right to see the wealth of information we provide on casinos and sportsbooks, and we have the First Amendment right to advertise online gaming on the web to support its free publication.'
Corfman added that the DOJ’s behaviour has certainly had an adverse affect on the company: 'Our parent corporation had partnership plans with A&E Television Networks to promote the Breaking Vegas documentary and associated sweepstakes. Casino City was to be featured on The History Channel website and in 30 national television spots, but they cancelled the agreement after the promotion had already begun. We were told by their marketing agents that A&E felt there was an unacceptable risk the network would be viewed as aiding and abetting online gaming since it's only two clicks from our home page to an online gaming site. When you have an FCC license that must be protected to stay in business, you just can't afford to take chances with the Department of Justice…More recently, a major Las Vegas casino wanted to work with our parent corporation on a promotion but their lawyers nixed the arrangement because of our involvement with online gaming.”
In a statement released today, the company said: “Casino City believes that matters of law such as this are properly decided by the courts, and not by government administrators interpreting laws in a way that many experts claim is flawed. Consequently, we have today asked the courts to determine our rights, and those of others similarly situated, under the United States Constitution.”