Genting files lawsuit against Miami-Dade County

The Malaysian conglomerate has filed a lawsuit against Miami-Dade County and State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle.

US.-  About three years ago, 150-meter horse races began in Miami-Dade County and ended in Broward. Due to this fact, Genting considers it should be allowed to operate a casino near downtown Miami and has introduced a lawsuit against Miami-Dade County and State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle.

Five years ago, Genting tried to buy the Miami Herald’s former bay front for US $236 million and revealed an ambitious plan to build a lavish mega-resort and full-service casino. However, such casinos aren’t allowed in Florida under state law. Genting was convinced that the state government would rush through some changes to the gambling laws to accommodate the group, which never happened.

Now, after it had transpired that Genting may try and sell its property and walk away from the project, the Malaysian conglomerate introduces a lawsuit to allow them to operate a slot machine and card games at the Omni building.

Under Florida law, operators of pari-mutuel gaming facilities are also allowed to run a limited number of card games and slot machines. Back in 2014, Genting reached an agreement with Gulfstream Park to transfer their quarter-horse permit. Gulfstream itself, has only maintained a quarter-horse permit in hopes of one day operating a casino in Miami-Dade. Gulfstream park is based in Broward County, but some of its land does stretch over into Miami-Dade.

Genting and Gulfstream signed a nominal US$1, one-year lease back in April and have now filed a preemptive lawsuit against the County and Rundle. The purpose of the lawsuit is to get a judge to agree that the permit is valid in Miami-Dade and to prevent any police or regulators from taking action against them from running a casino in the county.