The Seminole Tribe of Florida is being sued by the state in a federal lawsuit.
The case will now be transferred from Tampa to Tallahassee were an additional
lawsuit against the tribe will be heard.
The order was issued on Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Hernandes
The Seminole's filed their case in Tallahassee. That case is still pending.
In 2010 a gaming compact was agreed upon between the tribe and the state of
Florida. Under the compact the Seminole's were given exclusive rights to certain
games like blackjack.
The compact came to an end over the summer. A 90 day extension was given so that
a new compact could be negotiated. During that time the tribe's casino would be
allowed to continue operating the banked card games.
In October the federal court in Tallahassee received the filed lawsuit from the
tribe against the state. The Seminoles believe that the state did not attempt to
negotiate in good faith over the new gaming compact.
One week later, Florida filed a lawsuit to stop the operation of banked card
games at the tribe's casino.
Judge Covington ordered that both lawsuits be heard in Tallahassee based on the
first filed rule. The order was made on Tuesday.
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