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Poker News Brief: Kentucky Domain Seizure Overturned as Advisory Group Gains Standing

by Haley Hintze

An industry group serving as a collective legal advisory source for many of the online-poker sites targeted in a 2008 domain seizure by the Commonwealth of Kentucky has succeeded in gaining associational standing in the case. In late February, a three-judge Kentucky appellate court ruled in favor of an appeal brought by the Interactive Gaming Counsel, returning it to the court of Circuit Judge Thomas D. Wingate. The appellate court found that Kentucky’s prosecutors wanted to have it both ways – bringing a collective case against the targeted domains while denying them the same sort of collective response. The initial domain seizure targeted 141 domains, 132 of which remain a party to the complaint, though Kentucky officials were noncommittal about whether they would continue the prosecution.

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