A Cedar Falls gaming company that relies solely on revenue from Touchplay machines is asking a federal judge to prohibit the state from enforcing a new law that would shut down the machines as early as next month.
The company, Hawkeye Commodity Promotions, also wants a judge to declare the law unconstitutional and responsible for an illegal breach of a state contract.
The lawsuit names as defendants Gov. Vilsack, Attorney General Tom Miller and the Iowa Lottery Authority and its chief executive officer, Ed Stanek.
During a brief hearing Thursday, U.S. District Judge Linda Reade ordered attorneys to file briefs on a variety of issues, including whether the federal court has jurisdiction to get involved in the case. Reade also declined - for now - to rule on the company's request for an immediate injunction to stop the ban.