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MGM files lawsuit to allow Indian Tribes to open casino in state


MGM files lawsuit to allow Indian Tribes to open casino in state

On Wednesday, MGM Resorts filed a lawsuit over federal approval of a tribal casino deal that allows the Indian tribes to open or construct a casino in the state.

The lawsuit is filed in Washington D.C against the Department of the Interior for the approval of in the modification of gaming agreement which happened in between the state and the two Indian tribes, namely Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes. The deal will help both the tribes to re-operate the casino in East Windsor, which is 12 miles away from MGM's casino in Springfield, Massachusetts.

MGM mentioned that this violated The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and creating an unlawful organization which prevents the competition for casino in tribal lands.

The amendments are not limited to an East Windsor casino. "They facilitate commercial, off-reservation gaming by the tribal joint venture anywhere in Connecticut and state legislators have recently proposed granting the joint venture an exclusive, no-bid license to operate a casino in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The amendments thus confer a statewide, perpetual competitive advantage on the joint venture." states MGMattorney.

In 2014, it was discussed publicly that the Satellite casino in East Windsor has been given to the tribes to help protect jobs at their existing Mohegan Sun and Foxwood Resort Casino, in Southeastern Connecticut.

In the past year, the state pact gave the tribes an exclusive rights for certain gambling forms in exchange of 25 percent from their revenues. That amounted $255.2 million for thea fiscal year that ended in June 2019.

The Tribes spokesman said that they already spent about $14 million in this Tribal winds project. They purchased the site, and the project labor agreement reached to the construction unions, tribal leaders, stated.