Kentucky domain case - update

The controversial attempt by the state of Kentucky to seize and ultimately confiscate or use 141 international domain names as leverage for "settlements" with online gambling firms failed in the Kentucky Court of Appeals recently (see previous InfoPowa reports) but is still very much a live issue.

Governor Steve Beshear and his Justice Cabinet Secretary J. Michael Brown are taking the case to the state Supreme Court for further argument, a move that was not unexpected.

One of the main - and successful - opponents of Beshear's unprecedented action, Joe Brennan of the Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association (iMEGA), said this week that Beshear and Brown had invested a great deal of political capital in the state's suit, and probably felt that they could not now back down.

"Their attorneys took this on a contingency fee-basis, and have reportedly sunk over a million dollars of their own money in this suit, and other suits like this that they reportedly prepared for other states," Brennan opined: "Without a win in Kentucky, it will be hard to get those other suits off the ground, and they'll have taken huge losses on their own gamble," he added.

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