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AC Coins dropped from lawsuit

21 November 2006

CONNECTICUT – As reported by the Connecticut Day: "The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe filed a motion Monday to drop third-party vendor Atlantic City Coin and Slot Service Co. as a co-plaintiff in its federal lawsuit challenging property taxes levied on AC Coin, and asserted federal jurisdiction over the case.

"The state had called for the removal of AC Coin from the case in its Sept. 29 motion to dismiss the case in its entirety. In that motion, state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and Assistant Attorney General Susan Cobb said that because AC Coin is an independent vendor, it cannot be exempt from local property taxes the way the tribe is.

"…The tribe said its motion to remove AC Coin from the lawsuit 'does not alter the Tribe's claims or the possible relief that this Court might grant.'

"On Monday, the tribe opposed both the town's Sept. 29 motion to dismiss the lawsuit and the state's motions to intervene as a defendant and dismiss the case. The tribe continued to argue that taxation of property within the reservation is illegal under federal Indian law and that the case belongs in federal court because federal law preempts state law…"

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