Lawsuit against casino continues Thursday

Inside Gun Lake Casino (2011 file photo).
Inside Gun Lake Casino (2011 file photo).

WASHINGTON D.C. (WOOD) — A new hearing has been scheduled this week in a lawsuit that could force the Gun Lake Casino to shut down.

David Patchak filed a lawsuit against the government and the Gun Lake Tribe in 2008. Patchak says the government shouldn’t have taken the land into trust; this allowed the casino to be built. The case started before construction began on the casino itself.

Patchak lives near the casino site, and has fought the development from the beginning.

Patchak’s original lawsuit was dismissed, but was reinstated by a federal appeals court after construction had begin on the Gun Lake Casino.

In an 8-1 ruling in 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court held that Patchak had standing to sue the U.S. government and the Gun Lake Tribe. The court said the government did not have immunity from the lawsuit.

Lawyers from all sides will meet in DC Federal District Court for a status conference on the case.

No word on why the case has been in limbo for several years, but more should be known about where things are going after Thursday’s hearing.

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