Seminole Tribe seeks delay in Class III gaming compact litigation

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

The Seminole Tribe and the state of Florida are seeking a delay in a Class III gaming lawsuit, the Associated Press reports.

The tribe is accusing the state of failing to negotiate in "good faith" as required by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. A trial was scheduled for July but both parties want it pushed back to October, the AP reported.

The request comes after the Florida Legislature failed to ratify the tribe's new gaming compact. Although lawmakers are not named as defendants in the lawsuit, their inaction could affect the case, as was seen in a similar situation in California.

The tribe promised to share $3 billion and create more than 15,000 jobs as part of the agreement. The tribe already shared $1 billion with the state under a 2010 compact.

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