Judge rules against Shingle Springs Band in casino dispute

The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians of California has been ordered to pay $30 million to a former gaming partner but the judgement is being stayed while the tribe pursues an appeal.

The tribe and Sharp Image opened a gaming facility in 1996 but it closed a year later. The tribe subsequently partnered with Lakes Entertainment to open the $200 million Red Hawk Casino.

Sharp Image sued the tribe to enforce the old deal, claiming it was owed $100 million. A jury awarded the company $30 million.

"We are confident the court will stand by its original ruling, and reject Sharp's effort to collect on a judgment while we appeal to a higher court," Chairman Nicholas Fonseca said in a press release.

In court papers, the tribe is warning of "catastrophic consequences" if the $30 million judgement is upheld.

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