Trial Date Set for Seminole Casino Lawsuit a federal judge has set an formal date for the beginning of a two-week test which will determine whether the Seminole Tribe of Florida can continue providing blackjack and other banked games at its casinos around the state.
The other day, U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle dismissed a demand from Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to finish the case and announced a date for the trial earlier in the day this week.
The dispute that is legal the tribe and the state of Florida stems from a five-year gambling compact the involved parties finalized in 2010. The seminole Tribe was given the exclusive right to provide blackjack and several other banked card games at venues around the state as part of the agreement. The lightweight expired in the summer time of 2015 as well as the Seminoles had 90 more days to cease providing the games.
In October, tribal officials filed case in A tallahassee federal court, arguing that their state had negotiated a possible new gambling deal in ‘bad faith’ and asking the federal judge allowing the tribe to help keep on providing blackjack at its gambling enterprises. The state then filed a unique lawsuit in Tampa, claiming that the gambling enterprises should not any longer offer card that is banked.
Under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, all states need to negotiate the terms of gambling compacts with tribes in good faith. Florida officials, nevertheless, argued that the federal law just is applicable whenever initial agreements are negotiated. (more…)