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Pa. Court Rejects Foxwoods Appeal On Loss of Gambling License

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  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Commonwealth Court has upheld the Gaming Control Board’s decision last December to revoke Foxwoods’ license for a Philadelphia waterfront casino. An attorney for the Foxwoods investors says no decision has been made on an appeal to the state Supreme Court. (see related stories)

The Foxwoods investors appealed the gaming board’s ruling, and now board spokesman Doug Harbach, says a majority of the members of a Commonwealth Court panel has ruled in favor of the board.

“Commonwealth Court affirmed the board’s procedures for the revocation of this license… and also, that the licensee did have an ongoing obligation to maintain financial suitability.”

But Stephen Cozen, an attorney for the Foxwoods investors, is encouraged by a concurring opinion and a dissenting opinion filed by two of the judges.

“A concurring opinion which disagrees in a substantial portion with the reasoning of the majority… and then a dissenting opinion that disagrees with the result.”

Cozen hints that those concurring and dissenting opinions could result in a recommendation to his clients that they appeal the Commonwealth Court ruling to the state Supreme Court.

Reported by KYW Harrisburg bureau chief Tony Romeo

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