Connecticut: MGM Takes DOI To Court Over Allowing Two Indian Tribes To Open A Third Casino

Connecticut: MGM Takes DOI To Court Over Allowing Two Indian Tribes To Open A Third Casino

MGM Resorts International has taken the Department of the Interior to court and filed a lawsuit against the approval of the deal which would permit two Indian tribes in Connecticut to open a third casino.

MGM, through the lawsuit, is seeking to get the permission granted to the Indian tribes reversed. Earlier in March this year, the Department of the Interior (DOI) allowed the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to jointly operate a new and third casino in East Windsor which is just 12 miles from MGM’s Springfield casino in Massachusetts.

The lawsuit argues that the permission granted violates the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Moreover, it claims that this would create an unlawful monopoly for the tribes.

“The amendments are not limited to an East Windsor casino,” MGM’s attorneys write in the lawsuit. “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.”

Earlier this week, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont asked the two Indian tribes to reconsider their plans to create a new East Windsor Casino.

The governor asked them to reconsider their plans in lieu of legalizing sports betting in the state and also creating a new Bridgeport casino. Moreover, he has also offered a chance to redevelop and add gambling operations to the XL Center in Hartford.

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