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Amsouth Settles in Anti-Casino Lobbying Lawsuit

12 October 2000

VICKSBURG, MISSISSIPPI – Oct. 12, 2000 – As reported by The Associated Press: "AmSouth Bank, formerly Deposit Guaranty National Bank, has reached a tentative settlement in a Pike county lawsuit over alleged lobbying in opposition to a casino on the Big Black River.

"In October 1999, a Pike County jury awarded $4 million to E.L. Pennebaker of Warren County and Jim Belisle, of Multi-Gaming Management.

"Both men had sued over claims that AmSouth, Harrah's Casino and Ameristar conspired to influence the Mississippi Gaming Commission to block a casino in east Warren County.

"Isle of Capri was named in the Pike County lawsuit, but settled for an undisclosed amount before the case was tried…"

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