The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes are planning to convert an old movie theatre complex into a $300 million casino in East Windsor, Connecticut which would be near to the $950 million MGM Resorts Casino in Springfield, Massachusetts that is to open next year.
These tribes currently own Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos in southeastern Connecticut.
MGM Resorts claimed to have competitive disadvantages after the two tribes were allowed to build casinos on non-tribal land.
MGM filed a lawsuit that was seeking to block the legislation of the state that allowed the tribes to build the state’s first casino on non-tribal land, claiming it was unconstitutional.
MGM Resorts International on Wednesday lost yet another round in the court fight as it competed in Connecticut for casino customers to be given an advantage over the Native American tribes.
The decision of Connecticut judge to dismiss the lawsuit against the state by MGM was agreed by The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan.
The lower court concluded that legislation that helps construction plans by tribes does not prevent other bidders from entering Connecticut’s casino market was too agreed by the appeals court which concluded that the MGM had mere speculations and had no specific plans to develop a casino in Connecticut.