Indian tribe in
Kansas suing Harrah's over new casino plans
The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation has filed suit in
Kansas against Harrah's Entertainment Inc. over a casino
proposal, it was reported today. The Indian tribe is suing the
gambling giant for allegedly violating a noncompeting agreement
by pursuing development of a new casino in Sumner County.
Harrah's Entertainment operated the Prairie Band Casino for
almost a decade until July 2007 and is now working with a Topeka
investment group to build one of the four new casinos in the
state, namely the one in Sumter County. According to the
lawsuit, Harrah's Entertainment Inc. "active involvement in a
proposed casino in Sumner County, Kansas is a clear violation of
the noncompete agreement."
The Kansas Lottery Gaming Facility
Review Board is expected to decide on Friday who will get the
casino contract - Harrah's, Penn National Gaming Inc. or Marvel
Gaming. "As far as I'm concerned it's not one of the
questions before us. They didn't file the lawsuit with us. I
intend to only address the question of which is the best
contract, and any other legal issues outside of that will be
addressed in an appropriate forum," Board Chairman Matt All
addressed the lawsuit filed against the casino operator.