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Casino Secondhand Smoke Suit Settles For $4.5M

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - (AP) A former Atlantic City casino employee has settled his secondhand smoke lawsuit for $4.5 million. Vince Rennich had sued Tropicana Casino and Resort, saying his lung cancer was caused by 25 years of exposure to secondhand smoke inside the casino. Full version available to lexis...

Trump Lawsuit Over Pennsylvania Casino License Tossed

PHILADELPHIA - (AP) A federal appeals court on Friday threw out a lawsuit against former members of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board over their rejection of a Donald Trump company's effort to obtain a Philadelphia casino license. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that members of the...

Stanley Ho Files New Lawsuit To Reclaim Casino Stake

HONG KONG - (AP) Asian casino magnate Stanley Ho has filed a new lawsuit in an attempt to get back a $1.45 billion stake in his Macau gambling empire that he says was seized by some of his family members. It's yet another twist in a family feud that erupted in late January. . . . Full version available...

New Orleans Casino Owner Sued Over Secondhand Smoke

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) A lawsuit seeking class-action status accuses Harrah's New Orleans Casino of failing to protect its employees from dangerous levels of secondhand smoke. The mother of a former Harrah's dealer who died of cancer last year filed the federal suit Wednesday against the casino's...

Second Rider Sues, Says Driver Caused N.Y. Bus Crash

NEW YORK - (AP) Passengers are challenging a bus driver's contention that he was well-rested and alert the morning his tour bus crashed into a pole in New York, killing 15 people on board. In a lawsuit, Erold Jean Marie alleges driver Ophadell Williams was asleep at the wheel when the bus crashed...

Lawsuit: Sexy Costumes Led To Firing Of N.J. Casino Servers

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - (AP) When Kathryn Felici was told that she and other cocktail waitresses at Resorts Casino Hotel were to pose for photos in skimpy new flapper costumes, she thought it was to evaluate the sexy black outfits to make sure they fit and looked right. What the women didn't know....

Supreme Court Hears Dispute Over Nevada Ethics Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Supreme Court justices seemed skeptical Wednesday of a Nevada ethics law that governs when lawmakers should refrain from voting on official business as it considered a case involving a city council member's vote on a casino project, cast even though his campaign manager served...

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. Sued For Alleged Assault

LAS VEGAS - (AP) A Nevada man claims boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. directed his bodyguards to attack him at a Las Vegas casino last year after the man tried to take a photograph of the undefeated champion and asked about a fight with another star boxer, according to a lawsuit filed Friday. . . . Full version...

Joe Pesci Sues Over Gotti Biopic Role; Claims Disputed

LOS ANGELES - (AP) Joe Pesci claims the makers of a biopic on the Gotti family have made him an offer he can refuse a lesser part in the movie and a $2 million salary cut. The actor sued Fiore Films on Wednesday, seeking the $3 million he said he was promised to play. . . . Full version available to...

DOJ Sues Vegas Casino for I-9 Problems

The Justice Department announced today that it filed a lawsuit against Tuscany Hotel and Casino LLC in Las Vegas, alleging that the company engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination in the employment eligibility verification and re-verification process. The Immigration and Nationality...

Don't Bet Against the House (DOJ)

The house (in this case, DOJ) usually wins. A Las Vegas casino has to shell out $49K and change for putting the screws to its non-citizen employees during I-9 processing. Dealer pays.

Let the Games Begin...Voters Approve Casino Gaming in New York State

After decades of false starts, a proposed Constitutional amendment to authorize casino gaming was approved last month by New York State voters. Implementation of the amendment, including the process for siting of the casinos and selection of casino operators, will begin shortly in accordance with legislation...

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State Net Capitol Journal – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Proposes $2 Billion In Tax Relief

Budget & Taxes NY GOV CUOMO PROPOSES $2B IN TAX RELIEF: Last week, ahead of his State of the State address, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced a $2 billion tax relief proposal that sent the clear message New York's status as a high-tax state will no longer be tolerated. The proposal's assortment...

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State Net Capitol Journal – June 2, 2014; Pennsylvania Gambling Played Out?

Budget & Taxes PA GAMBLING PLAYED OUT? Born only eight years ago, Pennsylvania's gambling industry may already have reached maturity. The state legalized gambling in 2004. Its first two casinos opened in 2006. Four more opened the following year. Another two opened two years after that. And...

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Allows Ballot Question on Gaming Repeal to Proceed

In a widely anticipated ruling, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts (SJC), the State’s highest court, has issued a unanimous decision requiring the Attorney General to certify for the November ballot a petition seeking to prohibit...

State Net Capitol Journal – August 18, 2014; Federal High-Speed Rail Investment Generating Lackluster Returns

Budget & Taxes FEDERAL HIGH-SPEED RAIL INVESTMENT GENERATING LACKLUSTER RETURNS: In his 2011 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama spoke of a future in which sleek bullet trains whisk passengers all about the country at speeds of over 200 m.p.h. "Within 25 years, our goal...

State Net Capitol Journal – September 22, 2014; States Keeping Eye On Billionaires

Budget & Taxes STATES KEEPING EYE ON BILLIONAIRES: When the wealthiest Americans sell large quantities of stock or suffer big losses, it can have a significant impact on the finances of the states where they reside, especially if those states are small and collect taxes on income or capital gains...

State Net Capitol Journal – October 20, 2014; Gas Tax 'On the Table' In NJ

Budget & Taxes GAS TAX 'ON THE TABLE' IN NJ: Since pledging in 2011 to use more cash and less debt to pay for his state's transportation needs, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has put only $66 million of the $1.2 billion he pledged to put into the state's transportation fund...

State Net Capitol Journal – November 3, 2014; Massachusetts Casino Study At Odds With Experience Of Other States

MA CASINO STUDY AT ODDS WITH EXPERIENCE OF OTHER STATES: Supporters of a November ballot measure in Massachusetts (Question 3) aimed at repealing the 2011 law authorizing as many as three resort casinos and a slots parlor in the state issued a press release last month predicting the law would reduce...

State Net Capitol Journal – November 10, 2014; North Carolina Department of Transportation Looking For Ways To Boost Earnings

NC DOT LOOKING FOR WAYS TO BOOST EARNINGS: North Carolina's Department of Transportation wants to start operating more like a business. It's already planning to sell advertising and naming rights for DOT ferry boats and highway-helper trucks to help defray its operating costs. And the state's...

Mississippi: Bringing Home the Bacon—Injuries Sustained in Collision With 400-lb. Wild Hog Found Compensable

Substantial evidence supported the Commission’s finding that injuries sustained by a Mississippi casino employee when her car struck a 400-lb. wild hog arose out of and in the course of her employment, held a Mississippi appellate court. The “collision” took place at 4:00 a.m., when...

Louisiana: Casino Employee’s Parking Lot Injuries Found Compensable

A Louisiana court affirmed an award of workers’ compensation benefits to a casino employee who sustained neck injuries when, as she searched for a parking space in one of the casino’s parking lots where casino employees and employees of casino contractors were instructed to park, her vehicle...

State Net Capitol Journal – September 21, 2015; Legislators Press for Federal Firefighting Funding Change

Budget & Taxes Legislators Press for Federal Firefighting Funding Change Last month the National Conference of State Legislatures unanimously passed a resolution authorizing the organization to lobby Congress to provide funding for catastrophic fires the same way it does for hurricanes or floods...