'Deal or No Deal' Not Gambling, Georgia Supreme Court RulesTue Apr 22, 2008 @ 10:21AM PST
Posted by Eriq Gardner
We didn't think NBC would have much trouble defending its hit game show "Deal or No Deal" against anti-gambling laws, but apparently the network was worried enough to stop one of its viewer text-message games pending the resolution of a few lawsuits.
Now NBC's legal brass can rest a bit easier. The Georgia Supreme Court unanimously threw out a lawsuit by a couple who contended that sending 99-cent text messages in hopes of winning a prize was a violation of the state's gambling laws.
At least one lawsuit against the show is still pending in California, and other shows have also been targeted recently, but litigants shouldn't put all their money on this horse.