Dept. Of Interior Looks Of Dismissal Of Lawsuit Over East Windsor Casino.
The U.S Department of the Interior is seeking the dismissal of the lawsuit of MGM over the agency’s approval of East Windsor casino.
The suit was filed by MGM in a Washington D.C federal court. It states that the Interior department acted outside of the books in allowing the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to build a new facility, Tribal Winds.
MGM Resorts said as at the time of filling, “Interior’s approval decisions establish an unlawful state-conferred monopoly over commercial gaming rights in Connecticut. These decisions also stand in the way of an open, competitive process that MGM believes would result in a better deal for the people of Connecticut. An open process would allow the state to evaluate competing proposals and choose the operator that offers the best investment opportunity, creates the newest jobs and economic expansion, and maximizes revenue to the state.”
East Windsor is just between Hartford and Springfield, Massachusetts, the site where MGM opened it’s Springfield casino a little under a year ago. The company has been putting in much effort to secure the right to build a casino in Bridgeport. However, those efforts have proved abortive.
Interior Has Its Say
In dismissing the MGM’S lawsuit, Interior said the company is utilizing “inapplicable legal requirements.” it argues that the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) cited by MGM is irrelevant as the nation’s do not want to build a casino on tribal lands.
The department said, “As a result, contrary to Plaintiffs’ assertions, Interior was not required, in connection with the Amendments, to render a determination that the lands where the commercial facility will be located are eligible for gaming under IGRA. Nor did Interior need to comply with regulations governing the acquisition of lands in trust for Indian tribes in connection with the Amendments.”
There is still no date as to when the court might give its ruling.