MGM Resorts International sued to prevent the construction of a tribal casino in Connecticut that would compete with the company’s own resort being built in Springfield, Massachusetts.
MGM claims a state law that opened the way to a third casino is racially biased and favors two Indian tribes over all others, according to a complaint filed Tuesday against Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy in New Haven federal court.
The company said the measure, signed by Malloy in June, violates federal law because it discriminates against out-of-state competitors who are barred from trying to develop a casino in Connecticut.
“MGM is ready, willing and able to compete for the opportunity to develop a commercial casino gaming facility in Connecticut, but is excluded by the act from competing for this opportunity,” the company said in its complaint.
Mark Bergman, a spokesman for Malloy, didn’t immediately respond to a voice-mail message seeking comment on the lawsuit.
The case is MGM Resorts International Global Gaming Development LLC v. Malloy, 3:15-cv-01182, U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut (New Haven).