Alabama lawsuits proceed against three casinos

The casinos implicated are VictoryLand, White Hall Entertainment and Southern Star Entertainment.
The casinos implicated are VictoryLand, White Hall Entertainment and Southern Star Entertainment.

The lawsuits seek to close down two casinos in the state.

US.- Two lawsuits filed by the state of Alabama against three casinos have been approved to proceed by the Alabama Supreme Court.

The lawsuits claim that VictoryLand in Macon County and White Hall Entertainment and Southern Star Entertainment in Lowndes County are a public nuisance and that their operations should be closed down.

The cases, which were first brought in 2017, had previously been dismissed by the state circuit court, which felt it lacked the authority to proceed. The Supreme Court has now ruled that the cases should go forward and has returned them to the respective counties.

The state of Alabama has made several attempts to close down properties that host electronic bingo games similar to slot machines.

Casinos can offer electronic bingo games under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA), but although the two casinos implicated operate on tribal land, they are owned by private companies. Commercial gambling is prohibited in the state.