The state of Minnesota had attempted to use a decades-old federal law to enable the state to have several gambling websites blacklisted in the land of 10,000 lakes. The gambling industry believed that the push to have the websites blacklisted was a violation of free speech and federal commerce. As a result, Minnesota state officials will withdraw the blacklisting to hundreds of gambling websites.
The Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association will end the lawsuit that they filed against the state as well. iMEGA filed the court papers yesterday.
State officials had cited a federal telecommunications law from 1961 that was made to restrict phone calls used to wager bets to censor the gambling websites. Several legal experts claimed that this may not be applicable to the Internet. Last month, the gambling industry sought a federal injunction claiming that the blacklisting should not be valid based on the 1961 law citation.
The state officials vowed to try another way to bring the gambling websites down.