On Monday, attorneys from iMEGA (Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association) filed a motion to intervene in Franklin Circuit Court in Frankfort, Kentucky, seeking once again to block the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s attempt to seize 141 online gambling domain names. Claiming that the Commonwealth’s actions “had no basis in Kentucky statutes,” iMEGA’s attorneys are asking the court to reject the Commonwealth’s motion for a Case Management Order, and to consider the jurisdictional and constitutional questions raised by the attempted domain heist (the question of just how dickish one state can be, has long since been established).
Despite previously providing evidence that the owner of one of the contested domains – Yatahay Ltd., owner of TruePoker.com – was an iMEGA member in good standing, Kentucky has opted to peel off five of the 141 domains for a separate hearing, and TruePoker isn’t one of those five. Whether this will affect Judge Thomas D. Wingate’s frame of mind as to iMEGA’s right to make itself heard remains to be seen. Both sides’ motions are scheduled to be heard on Dec. 13th.