Legal Fees Awarded In Sparks Casino Case

A judge has ordered John Ascuaga's Nugget and citizens who joined its lawsuit challenging the Sparks City Council's approval of the Lazy 8 Casino project to pay the legal fees of the city and casino developer.

Washoe District Judge Jerome Polaha dismissed the lawsuit this spring. Yesterday, he awarded the city $3,700 and Red Hawk Land Co. $9,500 for legal costs incurred defending against the Nugget's suit.

The suit centered on Red Hawk's contention a previous development agreement allowed it to move its casino project from Wingfield Springs to Spanish Springs.

The plan initially was rejected by the Sparks Planning Commission and City Council, but Red Hawk retaliated with a $100 million lawsuit against the city.

The denials were later reversed in a settlement advised by City Attorney Chet Adams, and the Nugget sued, claiming Adams gave flawed legal advice to council members.