Big Lagoon Case Presents Key Test For Tribal Casino Deals

By Natalie Rodriguez (September 15, 2014, 9:01 PM EDT) -- An en banc Ninth Circuit panel on Wednesday will hear arguments in a legal tug-of-war between California and the Big Lagoon Rancheria tribe over a failed casino deal in a case that could hand states new powers to challenge tribal gaming projects.

Nearly nine months ago, a split Ninth Circuit panel made waves in the tribal gambling community when it unexpectedly ruled that Big Lagoon Rancheria's proposed casino site had been placed in trust wrongfully and that California officials therefore did not have to negotiate a compact under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, as the statute of limitations to sue over an unauthorized...

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