CNMI casino sues regulator over license

3:46 pm on 18 October 2016

A company that plans to set up a casino on Rota in the Northern Marianas has sued the Rota Casino Gaming Commission and its commissioners for allegedly deeming its conditional casino license expired.

Last week, the Rota Resort and Country Club filed a lawsuit against the regulatory agency and its officers for violation of the Open Government Act when the commission held a special meeting without giving notice to the company or the public.

The company has requested the court prevent the Commission from holding any further meeting or taking any further action related to Rota Resort and Country Club in violation of the Commonwealth Code.

During the meeting, the Commission is said to have cancelled the company's five-year casino license, for which Rota Resort and Country Club had paid $US400,000.

The company also wants the court to declare the Commission's special resolution as null and void.