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A judge hears arguments in Penn National Gaming's breach of contract suit against MRHD in Des Moines, Iowa

DES MOINES (KTIV) - More legal wranglings Thursday in Des Moines over Woodbury County's lone gambling license.

This morning's proceedings are part of the case of the Belle of Sioux City, a subsidiary of Penn National Gaming, versus their former nonprofit partner, Missouri River Historical Development.

The hearing in Polk County Court dealt with a protective order on the emails of MRHD board member Dave Bernstein.

The hearing was fairly short, but the four lawyers and the judge covered a lot of ground in determining what communications needed to be submitted for use in the trial of the Belle of Sioux City, representing the Argosy, and their former nonprofit partner, Missouri River Historical Development.

Earlier this year, MRHD board member Dave Bernstein was subpoenaed to submit his electronic communications for consideration in the trial.

However, Bernstein's lawyers filed a protective order, saying his communications weren't relevant.

Belle of Sioux City's counsel said the emails contained important and potentially controversial information that the public had a right to know about and even went as far as to suggest sanctions for Bernstein because he hadn't submitted the communications yet.

However, Judge Ovrom ruled Thursday that the protective order would be instated, after establishing that there was a draft of the protective order that all counsel had agreed to.

The court is still working on rescheduling a date for the actual trial in this case.

KTIV's Kayah Gausman is in Des Moines covering this story. Follow her on Twitter @KG_KTIV.
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