An Internet café operator from Homestead, whose clientele are primarily migrant workers seeking computer time, is suing the state challenging the constitutionality of the Legislature’s ban on illegal slot machines.
The lawsuit filed in Miami Dade Circuit Court on behalf of Incredible Investments, LLC, owned by Consuelo Zapata, alleges that the Legislature effectively applied the ban to all computers when it defined illegal slot machines as any “system or network of devices” that may be used in a game of chance. The state effectively made every smart phone and computer an illegal device, the plaintiff argues. Download Internet Cafe COMPLAINT
“They rushed to judgment and they took what they saw as a very specific problem and essentially criminalized everything,” said Justin Kaplan of the Miami law firm of Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine which is representing Zapata.