Tule River Tribe settles lawsuit over card room license

The Tule River Tribe of California settled a lawsuit over the failed takeover of a card club.

The tribe paid $800,000 to James Podergois and David Gonzales to buy the license of The Mint. But the state refused to grant the transfer, prompting a dispute in which the tribe accused the card club owners of negotiating in bad faith.

To settle the lawsuit, Podergois and Gonzales transferred the deed of trust to one of their businesses to the tribe. The two men will have five years to pay $425,000 to the tribe, money that will most likely be raised by selling the business.

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Card room license suit settled (The Porterville Recorder 2/26)