Seminole Tribe gets court date in 'bad faith' gaming deal case

A view of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Tampa, Florida. Photo from Facebook

A federal judge is moving forward with a Class III gaming compact lawsuit between the Seminole Tribe and the state of Florida.

The tribe accuses the state of acting in "bad faith" during compact negotiations. Judge Robert L. Hinkle hasn't issued a decision on the merits but he refused to dismiss the case and set a trial for July, The News Service of Florida reported.

The tribe and Gov. Rick Scott (R) announced a new agreement last month but lawmakers have expressed skepticism. The deal calls for the tribe to share $3.1 billion with the state over seven years.

The tribe has already shared $1 billion under a 2010 compact. Key provisions of that deal expired at the end of July and the tribe has asserted the right to continue offering blackjack.

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