State Rules in Favor of the State and Dismisses MGM Court Case – Expansion Lawsuit Denied
It’s been over a year since the state of Connecticut and MGM Resorts International has been in a bickering feud. MGM filed suit in 2015, and a federal judge just announced his ruling in favor of the state.
Dannel Mallow, Connecticut Governor signed into law, last June, a proposal for a third tribal casino within the borders of the state. With the new law, the Mohegan and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, two very recognizable tribes, were given the okay to start looking for the right location for their new gambling properties. There would be a passage of a second law that would approve for the casinos to start construction on the properties. The new casinos were to be located near the border with Massachusetts. This so happens to be real close to the same proximity where MGM
Resorts is currently constructing their $950 million Springfield casino resort. MGM isn’t happy with the location and has tried several tactics to try and block the tribal casino project from taking place. In August 2015 they filed a lawsuit against the state and its approval to give the tribes the go-ahead. They alleged that the state’s new laws demonstrate discriminatory favoritism. Judge Alvin Thompson disagrees with MGM therefore he dismissed their lawsuit saying that even if there were any distinct competitive disadvantages it wouldn’t be supported in his courtroom.
In a 20-page decision, U.S. District Court Judge Alvin Thompson stated that,
“to the detriment of other entities against whom it may be competing, like MGM.” “The act does not establish a process to be followed by everyone who wants to develop a proposal for and petition the General Assembly to authorize a casino gaming facility, nor does it provide that only the tribes can do so.”