Wilton Rancheria casino, a half billion dollar project that has faced several legal battles since plans were first conceived in 2019.
A federal judge last week tossed out a law suit by an activist group that sought to halt development of the Elk grove casino resort.
U.S. district Judge Trevor McFadden in a Jan. 16 filling said Stand up for California, which focuses on the State’s gambling industry could not access documents it requested, which the group alleges would show inappropriate contact between tribal leaders and the U.S. Department of Interior.
“But neither email reveals a voluntary disclosure by the department of attorney advice about its litigation strategy,” the memorandum order reads. “Rather, the email appears to show the department asking about the Tribe’s Position on the TRO and preliminary injunction. It is common for parties involved in a litigation, even opposing parties, to discuss their litigation postures without revealing confidential attorney client information.”
“Its just another small victory in leading through this frivolous litigation.” Hitchcock said.
“They thought they could open a bigger door to misconduct by the government, but the judge ruled in our favour,” he said.
Schmit also said that these documents “show that the Tribe pressured the government to cut corners and the government willingly agreed, working around the clock to issue a decision that normally takes 15 months in less than two days.”