BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit that alleged the state’s casino law is unconstitutional because it gives an advantage to federally recognized Indian tribes.

Lawyers for KG Urban Enterprises, which wants to build a casino in southeastern Massachusetts, had argued the law prevents the company from competing “on an equal footing.”

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The law authorizes up to three casinos in Massachusetts and gives tribes like the Mashpee Wampanoags until July 31 to negotiate a gaming compact with the state in the southeast. Only if they fail would other applicants be allowed to seek a license for the area.

There are no restrictions in other parts of the state.

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In his ruling Friday, US District Judge Nathaniel Gorton sided with lawyers for the state and dismissed the complaint, saying the law is constitutional

 

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