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Alturas Indian Rancheria Victorious Against State of California in Gaming Compact Litigation

28 Feb 24

February 28, 2024

Alturas Indian Rancheria successfully secured a significant legal victory in its lawsuit against Governor Gavin Newsom and the State of California. The United States District Court has ruled in favor of Alturas's motion for summary judgment, finding that the State did not negotiate in good faith for a new tribal-state gaming compact as mandated by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

The court's decision underscores the State's failure to adhere to its legal obligations during negotiations, particularly its insistence on including off-list topics in its discussions. This ruling not only affirms the sovereign rights of Alturas but also sets a precedent for the fair and equitable treatment of tribal nations in compact negotiations.

As a result of the court's order, negotiations between Alturas and the State are to resume under the court's supervision. The parties are directed to reach an agreement that respects the interests of both parties within a framework that honors the principles of good faith and fairness.

The Peebles Kidder team representing Alturas in this case includes partners John M. Peebles, Patrick R. Bergin, Michael A. Robinson, and Tim Hennessy, as well as Of Counsel Steve Bloxham.

The case is Alturas Indian Rancheria v. Newsom, et al, case number 2:22-cv-01486, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.