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Baton Rouge to sue Pinnacle Entertainment

13 September 2007

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana -- As reported by the Advocate: "By a vote of 7-0, the Metro Council voted Wednesday to file a lawsuit and use any legal means necessary to get information about the economic impact of Pinnacle Entertainment's proposed riverboat casino project in south Baton Rouge.

"Pinnacle had released an economic impact study in May, but declined through its lawyers to release a revised study that it recently submitted to the Louisiana Gaming Control Board. However, documents released this week by the board show that in addition to building a 140,000 square foot casino and a 300-room hotel, Pinnacle is planning recreational, retail and residential properties.

"Councilman Pat Culbertson, who opposes the Pinnacle proposal in his district, submitted a public records request for all documents submitted by Pinnacle to the state Gaming Control Board since its last appearance before the board Aug. 21.

"Because of proprietary concerns, the state Attorney General's Office declined to release the revised economic study.

"Pinnacle spokeswoman Pauline Yoshihashi said company representatives had offered to meet privately with Culbertson to discuss revised plans for the proposed casino, but he declined..."

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