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Tribe drops lawsuit challenging Connecticut casino law

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A western Connecticut tribe is dropping a lawsuit challenging a state law allowing two other tribes to pursue a new casino project.

The Kent-based Schaghticoke Tribal Nation filed a motion to withdraw the federal court lawsuit Wednesday. The move came several weeks after a judge dismissed a similar lawsuit by MGM Resorts, which is planning a casino in Springfield, Massachusetts. MGM is appealing the decision.

MGM financially backed the lawsuit by the Schaghticokes, who say they were unfairly excluded from seeking their own casino. The tribe plans to focus on changing the state law.

The law passed last year created a process for the two tribes that own Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun to build an off-reservation casino, likely in northern Connecticut, to help fend off competition from MGM's casino.

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