U.S. appeals court nixes Internet gambling challenge

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A U.S. appeals court has upheld an Internet gambling ban that prohibits transactions that would be illegal in the state where they take place.

The ruling rejects a challenge by an online gambling association in a New Jersey case.

The law bans online gambling that would be illegal in the state where the individual or gambling business conducts the transaction. Congress passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act in 2006.

The Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association attacks it as unconstitutionally vague and an invasion of a gambler’s right to privacy.

The ruling comes from the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The law attempts to stop online gambling by choking off the electronic processing of money for online wagers or payouts.

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