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Sioux City casino dispute back in court


The Sioux City casino controversy is back in court.

In Des Moines Thursday, the Argosy Casino once again made its case before a judge to keep its gaming license and stop construction on the new Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in downtown Sioux City.

The motion to halt construction at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino site came after another court filing.  That one was over whether or not the gaming license, issued by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, was fairly taken from the Argosy Casino when the IRGC took new applications for a land-based casino.  

An attorney for the state argued the license was not revoked, and all laws were followed in the process, meaning the IRGC made the right decision when it accepted bids from other casino operators, which could eventually put the Argosy out of business.

However, the lawyers for Argosy claim they weren't given a fair notice and therefore couldn't make the necessary changes before the right to operate their casino slipped from their fingers.

While that argument continues, lawyers for the Argosy say construction should stop all together on the Hard Rock Casino.  They say it's not fair to third parties to continue working on a building that may not be used if the Argosy wins the legal battle for their license.  The Argosy says the legal proceedings are hurting business as well.

The judge said he will reach a ruling as quickly as possible, but in the meantime construction will continue as is. That ruling will be delivered electronically as soon as it comes down.

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