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Seminoles file suit over gambling agreement

Seminoles file suit over gambling agreement

The Seminole Tribe of Florida filed suit Monday, claiming that the state has not been negotiating a new gambling deal in good faith.

Although negotiations toward a new agreement continue, the tribe said it filed suit to protect its interests. The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, is part of the dispute process spelled out in federal law.

Seminoles' legal counsel Jim Shore wrote that the state violated the act by not negotiating in good faith and breached the agreement, called a compact, by allowing dealer-run blackjack (with electronic cards) at South Florida pari-mutuels.

In 2010, the tribe and the state reached a 20-year...