Pueblos Prevail In NM 'Free Play' Gambling Revenue Fight

Law360 (April 3, 2019, 6:33 PM EDT) -- Six pueblos have bested New Mexico in a dispute over the state's attempt to collect millions in additional revenue related to "free play" credits on the tribes' gambling machines, with a federal court permanently enjoining the state from enforcing its claims.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Kirtan Khalsa ruled Saturday that the New Mexico Gaming Control Board has no right to claim that the tribes' casinos owe the state additional revenue-sharing payments.

The decision granted the Isleta, Sandia, Tesuque, Santa Ana, Santa Clara and San Felipe pueblos' motions for summary judgment, nixing the state’s argument that the tribes excluded the face value of...

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