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December 27, 2011 > Jury dings CA tribe for $31M in casino dispute

Jury dings CA tribe for $31M in casino dispute

Submitted By AP Wire Service

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP), Dec 23 - A Northern California jury has returned a $30.4 million judgment against an Indian tribe for breaking its contracts with a company that was supposed to help build and furnish slot machines for a casino in El Dorado County.

The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok tribe said it would appeal the verdict returned late Thursday, The Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/swgmDP) reported.

The jury awarded Chatsworth-based Sharp Image Gaming of Chatsworth in its long-running dispute with the Miwok over the tribe's aborted plans for a casino in the late 1990s. The tribe instead contracted with a Minnesota company to build the Red Hawk casino in Placerville, which opened in 2008.

The tribe claimed that its contract was invalid because the slot machines the company planned to supply violated gambling regulations that existed at the time.

The Bee says Red Hawk has been not generating as much revenue as expected.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com

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