Appeals court rejects Internet Cafe case

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A Tallahassee-based appeals court Monday refused to revive a lawsuit that could have determined whether Internet cafes violate state gambling laws, reports the News Service of Florida. The 1st District Court of Appeal rejected an appeal by Allied Veterans of the World, Inc., a major operator of the controversial cafes. A three-judge panel did not give reasons for the decision. Allied Veterans filed the lawsuit in 2010, after authorities moved to shut down cafes in Pinellas, Jackson, Marion and Seminole counties. But a Leon County circuit judge tossed out the case, saying it was improperly filed against the attorney general, statewide prosecutor and Florida Department of Law Enforcement commissioner instead of against authorities in the counties. Allied Veterans sought a declaration that it offers legal sweepstakes games at the cafes — and not illegal gambling, as critics allege.

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