Gaming Legal News - October 2013 • Volume 6, Number 23

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In This Issue:

- WAR GAMES IN WISCONSIN (2013 STYLE):

Wisconsin is home to 11 recognized Indian tribes. It is a fact that 11 tribes will not unanimously agree on all issues. It also is a fact that not all issues require unanimous agreement. However, Governor Scott Walker has created a unique situation regarding off-reservation approvals by stating his own rule which states that any proposed off-reservation casino project must be supported by every tribe in the state...

- THE ILLUSION OF FEDERAL JURISDICTION IN TRIBAL CONTRACTS:

Contracts with Indian tribes should specify a venue for disputes arising from those agreements. A common mistake for attorneys drafting agreements involving tribes is to assume that federal courts automatically have subject matter jurisdiction over matters involving Indian tribes. In fact, the presence of an Indian tribal party in litigation invokes neither diversity nor “arising under” federal jurisdiction...

- DETROIT CASINOS’ SEPTEMBER REVENUES DECREASE FROM SAME MONTH LAST YEAR: MICHIGAN GAMING CONTROL BOARD RELEASES SEPTEMBER 2013 REVENUE DATA:

The Michigan Gaming Control Board (“MGCB”) released the revenue and wagering tax data for September 2013 for the three Detroit, Michigan, commercial casinos. The three Detroit commercial casinos posted a collective 6.8% decrease in gaming revenues compared to the same month in 2012...

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