The following documents reveal the legal wrangling between attorneys representing two computer gaming companies, Hest Technologies and International Internet Technologies that are seeking to overturn new gambling laws passed to shut down the operation of computer-based gambling games in convenience stores.
The first is a 2005 ruling against prosecuting games like those of Hest or IIT based on then-current gambling law. That was followed by the revision to the state’s gambling laws, effective Dec. 1, 2008. Attorneys representing Hest and IIT then announced their intention to challenge whether the new law effected the companies. A December injunction by Guilford County Superior Court Judge John Craig prevents state authorities from prosecuting the owners and operators of such machines.
Click here to read the 2005 ruling. Click here to read the March 2008 injunction. Click here to read a letter from an attorney representing one of the businesses regarding the law. Click here to read the December 2008 injunction. Click here to read the state statute regarding video gambling.