Sparks Asks for Lazy 8 Suit Dismissal

The city of Sparks and the Red Hawk Land Company are asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit against them that's intended to derail the proposed Lazy 8 casino on Pyramid Highway.

John Ascuaga's Nugget and people living near the casino site filed the suit in October, claiming the development company and city came to an illegal agreement allowing Red Hawk to build the controversial project with Peppermill Casinos.

That lawsuit follows two years of contentious debate over the Lazy 8. The Sparks Planning Commission and City Council voted against it, then developers filed a 100 million dollar lawsuit against the city. The city settled that case and allowed the casino to move ahead, prompting the Nugget and citizens to sue.

The 18-page motion seeks dismissal on several points, including an argument that says most of the people involved don't own property in Sparks, but just over the city line in unincorporated Washoe County.

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