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Appeal Likely in Judge's Dismissal of Expanded Gambling Suit

3 May 2006

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas -- As reported by the Associated Press: "A judge's dismissal of a lawsuit challenging a 2005 state law that allows expanded gambling at the Oaklawn Park race track in Hot Springs is likely to be appealed, according to a lawyer for the group that filed the action.

"Special Judge John Lineberger ruled Tuesday that there were 'no general issues of material fact' in the lawsuit filed in Garland County Circuit Court. Lineberger granted a request by the defendants - a group including various state officials and Oaklawn Park - that the court action be thrown out.

"The law at issue allows Oaklawn Park and the Southland Greyhound Park at West Memphis to offer 'electronic games of skill,' provided that the move was supported by voters in each city. Both cities held elections in which the expansion of gambling at the track in that town was approved.

"...A lawyer for Oaklawn Park says Lineberger's ruling presents gambling opponents with an 'uphill battle' if they plan to appeal..."

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