- Associated Press - Monday, November 28, 2016

A federal appeals court has heard arguments about whether the Connecticut legislature unfairly favored the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes over commercial developers in allowing them to solicit proposals for a third casino in the state.

The Day of New London reports (https://bit.ly/2gCyjv3 ) a lawyer for MGM Resorts told a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. District Court of Appeals in New York on Monday that a 2015 law effectively grants the tribes exclusive rights to pursue another casino in the state.

Assistant Attorney General Robert Deichert argued there is nothing in the law, which allowed the tribes to form a partnership and solicit site proposals from municipalities, that prevents MGM or any other applicant from taking similar steps.

The tribes hope to build a jointly-run casino to compete with the planned MGM Resorts International casino in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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