Maryland Challenges MEC Lawsuit

Maryland is challenging MEC's lawsuit over the slots bidding process.

The state of Maryland is challenging Magna Entertainment Corp.'s claim that the state's slots bidding process is unconstitutional.

The challenge filed Feb. 23 claims that Magna wants the video lottery licensing process frozen because it could not deliver the required fee in time.

Lawyers for the state argue that the suit from the owners of the Laurel Park racetrack should be dismissed because the Aurora, Canada-based company should make its case first to Board of Contract Appeals.

The slots commission threw out the company's bid this month because the company failed to submit $28.5 million in required licensing fees.

A hearing on the lawsuit filed Feb. 11 by MEC’s Maryland slots subsidiary, Laurel Racing, is still on the docket for Feb. 26, according to the Web site for the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County in Maryland.