Editorial: Decision reveals flaws in Massachusetts' gaming law

"The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit gives life to KG Urban Enterprises' bid to build a billion dollar casino at the site of an abandoned power plant in New Bedford.

The decision also gives KG some losses regarding a request for an injunction and their claims dealing with a "Carcieri fix," but none that should discourage them in their pursuits.

Neither should the decision discourage the Mashpee Wampanoag in their pursuit of a half-billion dollar casino in East Taunton.

The state gaming law, on the other hand, is looking a little shaky.

The Appeals Court ruled that the First Circuit should not have dismissed KG's lawsuit on equal protection grounds, and remanded to the First Circuit "for such further proceedings as may be appropriate."

Bottom line? KG's claim that the gaming law's set-aside for the tribe harms Southeastern Massachusetts deserves judicial scrutiny."

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1st Circuit Decision:
KG Urban Enterprises v. Patrick (August 2, 2012)

District Court Decision:
KG Urban Enterprises v. Patrick (February 16, 2012)

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