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Judge sanctions MRHD president in Penn Gaming breach of contract suit


DES MOINES, Iowa (KTIV)- A judge has admonished the president of Missouri River Historical Development for not being prepared for a deposition in Penn National Gaming's breach of contract suit against the non-profit.

Court documents obtained by KTIV show the judge sanctioned MRHD because president Mark Monson wasn't prepared for a December deposition. The judge ordered MRHD to pay a portion of Penn's expense in filing a motion to compel Monson to turn over the documents Penn asked for.

Wednesday's ruling also ordered MRHD to turn over 11 emails and letters which weren't handed over to Penn, which owns Sioux City's Argosy Casino.

In its lawsuit, Penn alleges that MRHD "secretly" began discussions with other operators to replace Penn a year before the expiration of an agreement, which identified Penn as the "exclusive licensee" to operate a gambling enterprise in Woodbury County.

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