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Judge Dismisses MGM Suit Over Connecticut Casino Expansion


A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by casino developer MGM that challenged a Connecticut law that lays the groundwork for a possible casino along the Massachusetts border.

MGM, which is building a $950 million casino in Springfield, said it will appeal the dismissal of the lawsuit. 

Springfield City Couniclor Bud Williams has kept a wary eye on what’s happening over the state line.

" It is concerning because it is competition and the market can only bare so much," said Williams.

Connecticut lawmakers last year authorized the two tribes that operate the state’s two casinos to join forces to develop a third casino to stave off job losses due to expanding casino competition in the northeast.

A location for the third casino has not been announced.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.