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State Asks Court To Toss Laurel's Complaint

Lawyers for the state are asking a judge to dismiss a legal effort to reinstate a bid to put slot machines at Laurel Park race track in Anne Arundel County.

The track operators submitted a bid this month but failed to pay a required $28.5 million initial licensing fee. The bid was later disqualified by a location commission in charge of picking winning bids.

That prompted the track operators to go to court, where their lawyers will argue in a hearing Thursday that the fee should not have been required because there were no clear rules for how it would be refunded to non-winning bidders.

In a brief submitted to Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, lawyers for the state say Laurel is "pressing a variety of insubstantial legal arguments."

"Laurel Racing wants the court to freeze the entire video lottery licensing process, all because of its own inability to deliver the required fee at the required time," says the brief, prepared by the Maryland Attorney General's Office.

The brief also states that Laurel has administrative remedies that should be exhausted before taking the case to court.

The legal wrangling comes at a time when the state has received only four qualified bids to operate five authorized slots sites. Baltimore-based Cordish Cos., which paid the required licensing fee, is also seeking the Anne Arundel license.

By John Wagner  |  February 24, 2009; 11:22 AM ET
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Laurel is a day late and a dollar short. The bidders who paid the fee, did so in good faith, and only their bids should be allowed to stand.

Posted by: spikemilligan | February 25, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

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