Choose Tim Fox of Pulaski County Circuit Court docket has discovered that Arkansas officers “unconstitutionally” accredited licenses for Cherokee Nation Companies and in consequence, the Legends Resort and On line casino licenses are actually invalid.
The choose said that the Legends Resort and On line casino shouldn’t have been issued with a license as the corporate had an absence of gaming expertise.
Authorized proceedings had been initially filed by Gulfside On line casino Partnership, one other firm searching for the state’s fourth on line casino license. The corporate had beforehand been accredited for a license in 2020 however this was later discovered to be invalid.
At the moment, the Arkansas Supreme Court docket discovered that Gulfside had obtained its license by way of a letter of assist from a Pope County choose who was now not in workplace on the time. Following that call, the Arkansas Racing Fee then determined to award the fourth license to the Cherokee Nation Enterprises/Legends Resort and On line casino in late 2021. Nonetheless, Gulfside then challenged the committee’s determination.
Talking of the ruling, Chuck Garrett, Cherokee Nation Companies’ CEO, mentioned the choose’s determination was disappointing however the firm meant to file an enchantment with the Arkansas Supreme Court docket.