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Appellate Court Affirms Rejection Of Barden Suit Over Detroit Casinos

23 October 2000

DETROIT, Michigan – Oct. 23, 2000 – As reported by The Associated Press : "Millionaire businessman Don Barden has no legal standing to challenge being spurned for a Detroit casino license during a selection process he deemed unfair, a federal appeals court affirmed Monday.

"…U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen had ruled in July 1999 that Barden, owner of the Majestic Star in Gary, Ind., voluntarily signed away any right to sue over his being passed over in the casino-selection process. That ruling cleared the way for the MGM Grand Detroit to become the city's first casino to open days later.

"On Monday, a three-judge panel with the federal court in Cincinnati wrote that Barden had no standing to sue and `suffered no injury-in-fact,' regardless of his debated signing away of his right to take the case to court.

"…In suing in May 1999, Barden wanted Rosen to block the opening of all three Detroit casinos - MGM Grand, MotorCity and the Greektown one now scheduled to open Nov. 10 - because he said the selection process was unfair.

"…The Greektown and MotorCity groups were given a `preference' for two of the three casinos because their investors played instrumental roles in persuading Michigan voters in 1996 to legalize casino gambling in Detroit, Barden has claimed…"

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