Michigan Federal Court Dismisses Sault Tribe Casinos’ Effort to Block State Court Contract Claims Initiated by Casino Development Corp.

Here are the materials in Kewadin Casinos Gaming Authority v. Draganchuk (W.D. Mich.):

After an ugly loss like this (it’s never good when the judge says you “blatantly misstate[d]” the law), maybe it’s time for a Fat Bastard burger from the Wicked Sister in the Sault. (It’s an unsolicited, unpaid ad — I just love this description. . . .)

Prior post here.

Materials on Kewadin’s failed effort to remove the state court claims to federal court here.

Law360 piece on state court sanctions issued against the tribe.

Michigan Federal Court Declines to Enjoin State Court Action against Kewadin Casinos [Sault Tribe]

Here are the updated materials in Kewadin Casinos Gaming Authority v. Draganchuk (W.D. Mich.):

Prior post here.

Law360 reports the state court held the tribe in contempt for failure to respond to discovery requests. Everyone’s got a litigation strategy, I guess. You can watch the hearing below.

Sault Ste. Marie, MI

Sault Tribe Sues Lansing Casino Development Partner in Federal Court to Stop State Court Action that is Apparent Repeat of Prior Federal Court Action

Here are the materials so far in Kewadin Casinos Gaming Authority v. Draganchuk (W.D. Mich.):

1 Complaint

1-2 Turn-Key Agreement

1-3 Amended Agreement

1-4 NIGC Letter

1-5 State Court Complaint

1-6 State Court Motion for Contempt

1-7 State Court Hearing Transcript on Motion to Dismiss

1-8 State Court Motion to Compel

1-9 State Court Denying Summary Disposition for Kewadin

1-10 State Court Order Denying Motion to Dismiss by Kewadin

1-11 State Court Order re Discovery Motion

1-12 State Court Order to Show Cause

1-13 State Court Motion to Dismiss

1-14 State Court Response to Discovery Motion

3 Motion for TRO

It woulda been pretty.

Prior federal court suit here.

Last Friday’s D.C. Circuit opinion explains one of the many reasons the Lansing casino project died.


Tribal Amicus Brief Supporting Cert Petition in LTBB v. Whitmer


Petition here.

LTBB v. Whitmer Cert Petition


Cert Petition

Question presented:

Whether the 1855 Treaty of Detroit established a federal reservation for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians?

Lower court materials here.

Michigan (“largely”) Prevails over Keweenaw Bay Indian Community on Sales and Use Taxes

Here are the updated materials in Keweenaw Bay Indian Community v. Khouri (W.D. Mich.):

317 Michigan MSJ


365 Michigan Response to 328

370 KBIC Response to 317

376 Michigan Reply

377 KBIC Reply

421 DCT Order re State Prosecutions

422 DCT Order re Protective Order

423 DCT Order

Prior post here.

Sixth Circuit Decides Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians v. Whitmer


LTBB v Whitmer

Briefs here.

Federal Court Dismisses Gaming Developer’s Contract Breach Claim Arising from Failed Lansing Casino Proposal

Here are the materials in JLLJ Development LLC v. Kewadin Casinos Gaming Authority (W.D. Mich.):

21 Reply

32 DCT Order re Subject Matter Jurisdiction

34 JLLJ Brief re Subject Matter Jurisdiction

35 Kewadin Casinos Brief re Subject Matter Jurisdiction

39 DCT Order

Prior post with earlier briefs here.

Sixth Circuit Oral Argument in LTBB v. Whitmer


Briefs are here.