There is an appeals schedule that pushes the ruling to next year

There is an appeals schedule that pushes the ruling to next year

The Florida sports betting case is not going to be decided soon. Like in this year.

On July 8, the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit published the schedule for the case that led to the US District Judge striking down the amended gaming compact.

The Hard Rock Sportsbook app was suspended in early December, a month after it was launched as the exclusive operator in Florida.

Friedrich ruled that the US Department of the Interior, led by Secretary Deb Haaland, should have rejected the compact because it violated the Indian gaming regulatory act.

The ruling was appealed by the Seminole Tribe. The Interior Department has done the same. The tribe wanted a stay against Friedrich’s order, which would have allowed them to continue operating the app. The request was denied by both Friedrich and the DC Circuit.

The federal government and the Seminole Tribe must submit their opening briefs by August 17 according to the schedule. The answering brief is due from the feds by October 3.

The other defendants in the case must submit their response by October 6. If the court approves third-party entities not affiliated with the case but have an interest in the case, an amici brief is filed. If the courts allowed tribes to offer online gaming statewide through a gaming compact, those briefs would allow organizations or individuals to discuss potential legal ramifications of the ruling.

The federal government and the tribe have until Nov. 14 to respond to the West Flagler brief.

The date for oral arguments will be announced later, according to the order.

The losing side in the case will either seek the full DC Circuit or the US Supreme Court to take up the case, regardless of how the appeals court decides. That would push the final decision into the future.

The Magic City Casino is located in Miami. The compact approval was challenged in federal court by both it and the Bonita Springs Poker Room.

If they did not serve as “spokes” to Hard Rock, that arrangement would hurt their operations. If they weren’t able to offer sports betting on their own, they would lose customers to other operators in the network.

Summary:

The US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit published the briefing schedule for the West Associates v Haaland case that led to US District Judge Dabney Friedrich striking down the amended gaming compact reached between the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the DeSantis Administration. Friedrich ruled that the US Department of the Interior, led by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland should have rejected the compact.