In unusual legal move, casino company sues Miami-Dade to authorize casino permit
Genting Group, the Malaysian casino operator whose plan to build a massive gambling resort in downtown Miami has been stalled by legal and political setbacks, is suing Miami-Dade County and Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle in what appears to be a last-ditch effort to force the state to allow card games and slots at its property in the old Omni mall.
The novel legal tack seems designed to get around a 2014 denial by state regulators of Gulfstream Park’s request to move a pari-mutuel permit to the Omni, where the Hallandale Beach racetrack had an agreement with Genting to establish a casino.
The lawsuit, filed April 27 by Genting real-estate division Resorts World Omni, asks a judge to pre-emptively declare it lawful for Gulfstream to run a casino at the Omni. That order, if granted, would preclude Miami-Dade police and state prosecutors from filing criminal charges against the Omni casino operators.
“The purpose of the action is to ensure that our review of the relevant laws is accurate and to provide clarity and certainty that the activities contemplated by the lease are permissible,’’ said Chris Kise, an attorney with the Tallahassee office of Foley & Lardner who filed the suit on behalf of Resorts World. Story here.