Huslter’s Larry Flynt Loses Casino Lawsuit Against California

Hustler founder Larry Flynt has lost a lawsuit against California over his ability to expand his gambling enterprise outside the Golden State. U.S. District Judge John Mendez ruled that Flynt’s due process claims are outside of a 2-year statue of limitations. Flynt currently owns Hustler Casino and Luck Lady Casino in Southern California. And he […]

Hustler founder Larry Flynt has lost a lawsuit against California over his ability to expand his gambling enterprise outside the Golden State. U.S. District Judge John Mendez ruled that Flynt’s due process claims are outside of a 2-year statue of limitations.

Flynt currently owns Hustler Casino and Luck Lady Casino in Southern California. And he says that an outdated state law prevents him from expanding his gambling operation outside of California.

Casino Law was Originally Created to Keep the Mob Out

Court House News reports that the Gambling Registration Act was initially created to prevent mobsters from opening cardrooms in California. Furthermore, the law prevents California residents who hold gaming licenses from investing in out-of-state casinos and bars.

Flynt’s lawsuit hinged on the fact that he thinks the Gambling Registration Act is no longer valid. After all, Nevada casinos have frozen the mob out for years. And organized crime never gained a big foothold in the California cardroom market.

The porn mogul also alleges that he could lose minority holdings in some of his non-California adult businesses if he adds more gambling enterprises. Flynt claims that this causes damage to his business interests.

Judge Doesn’t See Any Harm Done

Judge Mendez rejected Flynt’s claims and lawsuit after finding that no harm was done to his businesses.

“The court also finds that any further amendment would be futile and, therefore, grants defendants’ motion to dismiss with prejudice,” wrote Mendez.

California law allows for specific types of gambling like poker and non-banked card games, where players compete against each other and not the house. Tribal casinos are allowed to offer these games along with slot machines.

California gamblers have been pushing for the laws to be changed so that public companies can also open cardrooms, such as states like Nevada and New Jersey allow. But their efforts have fallen on deaf ears.

 

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