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Belle of Sioux City vs. MRHD one step forward, two steps back

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KTIV) - There was movement in court Thursday in the case between the Belle of Sioux City Casino and its former nonprofit partner, Missouri River Historical Development.

However, steps taken Thursday may delay the case even further.

The Belle of Sioux City and the Argosy have been involved in a lawsuit against their former nonprofit partner, Missouri River Historical Development, for nearly two years now.

"It is a complex piece of litigation, actually there are three pieces of litigation going on, but I do believe that it's moving forward in an orderly fashion and that we're making progress in all of them," Mark Weinhardt, Belle of Sioux City representative said.

On Monday, a judge ruled that the MRHD board members would have to submit all of their electronic communications as a part of the suit, in which the Belle of Sioux City claims MRHD unlawfully looked for a new casino partner before their contract with the Argosy Casino was up.

Now the communications between MRHD board members and those persons involved with the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino must be turned over to the court, but the Belle of Sioux City's legal representatives claim not everything has been submitted.

"We've collected documents from other places that we believe MRHD should have produced during its original document request, and it simply didn't. That makes us think that there are things out there that we're entitled to that still need to be discovered and found," Weinhardt said.

MRHD's lawyer says he's spoken with the board members and they'll have all communications in to the court by the deadline of January 23, but the court may issue a deposition of another MRHD lawyer to make sure it gets done.

The trial for this case is currently scheduled for April 14, but one thing all parties in the courtroom agreed on is that the date for that case will have to be pushed back. The court will likely change the date after January 30.

On January 30, a hearing will be held on the related but separate lawsuit between the Belle of Sioux City and the IRGC.

A judge has already ruled once in that case that the IRGC was acting legally when they turned Sioux City's gaming license over to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

But recent legal developments have put into question whether or not the Hard Rock can continue construction.

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