Jury awards $64M in Macon Co. casino case
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal jury has awarded more than $64 million in damages in a civil lawsuit alleging that VictoryLand casino and the county's sheriff worked to together stifle competition.
WSFA reports (http://bit.ly/LkMnBe) that Lucky Palace LLC and 15 Macon County charities will share the award. The lawsuit was filed by 17 charities that said they would benefit from a second casino, but Sheriff David Warren, who regulates bingo in the county, kept the Lucky Palace casino from getting a license.
The lawsuit alleges that Warren conspired with VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor to keep a second casino from opening.
Attorneys for McGregor and the sheriff dispute the allegations and plan to appeal the verdict.
McGregor's casino is currently closed because of a state crackdown on electronic gambling, but he is making plans to reopen.