Judge rules for Cherokee County in lawsuit - KOAM TV 7

Judge rules for Cherokee County in lawsuit against Penn National Gaming


A Shawnee County judge rules in favor of Cherokee County's in its breach-of-contract lawsuit against Penn National Gaming.

The county filed a lawsuit in 2008 after Penn National backed out of a deal to build a state-owned casino after receiving the contract to manage the southeast Kansas region's casino.

The company said competition from Downstream Casino Resort was the reason for withdrawing.

Cherokee County originally sued for $53 million.

"It involves projections of the revenues that would have been paid to Cherokee County if that casino had been built over a certain amount of years into the future," says Kevin Cure, legal counsel for Cherokee County.

The final amount will be determined by the judge in an upcoming trial.

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