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Issue Date: Vol. 53, No. 1, January 2013, Posted On: 12/21/2012

No Stay For North Carolina's Sweepstakes Videogame Ruling; Appeal To U.S. Supremes Is Next

Marcus Webb
TAGS: U.S. Supreme Court sweepstakes appeal, video game, sweepstakes video gambling, sweepstakes video game, Internet café, North Carolina Supreme Court, N.C. Supreme Court sweepstakes ban, video sweepstakes gaming ban, constitutional free speech case, Hest Technologies Inc., International Internet Technologies

RALEIGH, NC -- Hest Technologies Inc. and International Internet Technologies LLC said they will seek to appeal last week's anti-sweepstakes videogame ruling here to the U.S. Supreme Court. Technically, a petition for a writ of certiorari has been filed with the nation's highest court in Washington.

On Dec. 18, Hest and IIT also filed a motion requesting that the state Supreme Court delay enforcement of its ruling until the U.S. Supreme Court accepted or rejected the case. But the North Carolina high court denied that motion within 24 hours.

Accordingly, law enforcement officers statewide are preparing to begin shutting down the games on Jan. 3, according to local reports. Industry members said the state high court's ruling will shut down hundreds of businesses across North Carolina and obliterate overnight a market estimated to be worth at least $1 billion.

As earlier reported by Vending Times, the NC Supreme Court on Dec. 14 ruled to uphold the constitutionality of a 2010 state law outlawing sweepstakes videogames. | SEE STORY

In March 2012, a state appeals court found the games were a constitutionally protected form of free speech, not gambling. It was this finding that the state Supreme Court overturned last week.

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