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American Vantage Files Suit Against Indian Tribe

22 June 1999

American Vantage Companies announced Friday that it has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court, Eastern District of California, against the Table Mountain Rancheria Band of Indians.

The company has two contracts to provide gaming consulting services to the casino Table Mountain Casino & Bingo, which is owned by the band and located near Fresno, Calif.

American Vantage issued a press release Monday stating that the general council of the Table Mountain Band voted to prematurely terminate both contracts with the company. According to the release, the first contract, entered into in February 1996, was a buyout of an earlier contract and requires payments of $350,000 per month for 48 months through January 2000, and the second contract, also entered into in February 1996 and subsequently amended, is a consulting contract which is to expire in June 2000.

The lawsuit seeks to recover payments totaling $3.15 million due under the first contract and under the consulting contract, the company seeks an award of $790,000, which represents only the base fees due under the consulting contract. The company also seeks additional unspecified and "to be determined" consulting fees that would have been due during the remainder of the consulting term. The company had provided gaming consulting services to the Table Mountain Band for its casino operations since 1990.

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