A federal judge has denied a motion to dismiss a $2.8 billion claim against Harrah's Entertainment Inc. by members of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe in upstate New York.
The members are seeking to enforce a judgment made in a tribal court in 2001 that found Harrah's predecessor Park Place Entertainment interfered in the tribe's plans to build a casino in the Catskill Mountains.
A legal trust fund sought to enforce the judgment in a New York
federal court this summer. Harrah's moved to dismiss the complaint
The tribal trust's lawyer, Dennis Vacco, said Wednesday that he was pleased with the court's decision, saying "The tribe deserves to have its institutions respected."
Harrah's called the ruling "procedural" since it allows the company to refile the motion in a different format and said it continued to believe the matter had no merit.