Judge Rules in Tribal Casino Case

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A district court judge has issued an order temporarily blocking Harrah's Entertainment Inc. from using a customer list from the Prairie Band Potawatomi tribal casino until 2010.

Shawnee County District Judge David Bruns urged both parties Friday to resolve their differences within the next 30 days through mediation. If not, the court then could set a date for further hearings to make the order permanent.

Harrah's managed the tribal casino north of Topeka for 10 years and the names of the tribal casino's customers went into Harrah's database.

The tribe is seeking to enforce a two-year noncompete agreement with Harrah's. It's concerned that Harrah's would use the tribe's customer database for the state-owned casino Harrah's will manage
in Sumner County.

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