Appeals court upholds dismissal of Cordish’s lawsuit over Virginia casino

Appeals court upholds dismissal of Cordish’s lawsuit over Virginia casino

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  • Ian Munro, The Virginian-Pilot
March 3, 2024 2:41 PM

Norfolk prevailed in court against a developer that alleged it should have had first right to develop a casino in the city and sought damages over the city’s casino plans with the Pamunkey Indian Tribe.

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The Court of Appeals of Virginia this week upheld a lower court decision dismissing a $100 million lawsuit that Cordish Companies, the developer of Waterside District, brought against Norfolk, Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority and City Attorney Bernard Pishko.

Cordish Companies, a Baltimore-based developer, revamped Waterside in 2013. But when Norfolk leaders began to have conversations about bringing a casino to the city, Cordish-owned LLC Norfolk District Associates argued it should have had the exclusive right to develop and operate one based on its Waterside development agreement and lease.