MGM plans Connecticut appeal

MGM Casino SpringfieldMGM Resorts expects to appeal the decision of a federal court judge who has ruled that the casino company does not have standing to challenge the constitutionality of a Connecticut law creating a process for a third casino along the Massachusetts border.

In a ruling released Thursday, U.S. District Judge Alvin Thompson agreed with Connecticut officials that MGM did not “adequately allege an injury” from the new law and therefore does not have legal standing to sue.

MGM, which plans to open a $950 million casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, filed its lawsuit in August 2015, saying it wanted to participate in the process that might result in it getting the license for the third casino.

Connecticut’s Office of the Attorney General says it’s reviewing the ruling and is prepared to defend the case against any appeal. The Schaghticoke Tribal Nation is also challenging the casino law in a separate lawsuit being partly financed by MGM.

The proposal for a third casino originated with efforts of the tribal operators of existing Connecticut casinos to not lose jobs and  discretionary spending to the casino MGM is building in Springfield Mass.

Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: 

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