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Appeal of city casino licenses should be decided soon

An attorney in the Maryland Office of the Attorney General said Friday two appeals of a city casino license awarded to Caesars Entertainment Corp.-led CBAC Gaming LLC should be decided quickly.

HarborWest Partners LLC and Baltimore City Entertainment Group LP filed appeals this month. In response, Robert T. Fontaine filed motions to dismiss both appeals, writing that neither company had the right to appeal because they did not respond to a Request for Proposals issued in 2011.

BCEG and HarborWest have until mid-September to file a response. After that, the Maryland State Board of Contract Appeals should move quickly to resolve the issue, Fontaine said.

The process should certainly move more quickly than other times BCEG has taken on the state, following a failed bid on the first RFP for a city casino license in 2009.

On Friday, a Baltimore City Circuit Court judge granted a state motion for summary judgment, awarding all but some $201,000 of a casino license fee back to BCEG.


(Photo: The proposed Harrah’s Baltimore casino, to be operated by Caesars)