Group still fighting for gaming application, license - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Group still fighting for gaming application, license

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LAKE CHARLES, La (KPLC-TV) – The attorney for a group whose application was rejected by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board said his clients will move forward with a lawsuit, even after another investment group won the state's final gaming license on Thursday.

Richard White, the attorney for the Lake Charles-based Tomorrow's Investors, said a March 21st lawsuit hearing at the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge would go forward as scheduled, even though the state gaming control board selected Creative Casino as winner of Louisiana's 15th gaming license.

The lawsuit seeks to force the gaming board to accept the application of Tomorrow's Investors.

Tomorrow's Investors was removed from consideration for the gaming license after the board tossed out the group's application in October, citing failure to submit a $50,000 fee.

The gaming control board said it would not be fair to the other groups to accept Tomorrow's Investors' application because the other groups had their applications in order.

White said if his clients win the lawsuit on March 21st, it would create an unresolved issue the gaming control board would have to address.

"If we are successful in that lawsuit, then we are going to be in a position of having possibly an unresolved application out there that is valid," White said to gaming board members on Thursday.

In trying to convince the gaming control board to delay making a decision until after the March 21st lawsuit hearing, White said members should consider the possibility of having the first casino resort in Louisiana that is not owned by Caucasians or Native Americans.

Tomorrow's Investors is made up entirely of African-Americans.

"The best argument I have on my favor is that Louisiana does need a minority-owned casino," said White. "I'm asking you to give us a chance to right this application."

The board was not convinced by White's argument and voted to grant the license to Creative Casino.

White said it will be up to his clients to decide what to do after the March 21st hearing.

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