Florida racks up legal bills in gaming fight with Seminole Tribe

Blackjack tables at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, Florida. Photo from Facebook

The state of Florida is paying two different law firms a lot of money as it battles the Seminole Tribe over a Class III gaming compact.

According to documents obtained by The News Service of Florida, the state so far has paid $217,876.61 to Dickinson Wright and $43,118.83 to Bush Ross. Some of the individual lawyers are getting paid as high as $350 an hour, the News Service reported.

The totals are expected to rise as a lawsuit continues in federal court. The tribe has accused the state of failing failing to negotiate in "good faith" as required by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

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Florida Legal Bills Mount In Gambling Dispute (The News Service of Florida 4/29)

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