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Casino companies seek to stop repeal effort

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Several casino operators competing for gambling licenses in Massachusetts are preparing to file a motion with the state’s highest court, seeking to keep a proposed repeal of the state casino law off the November ballot.

The coalition of gambling companies, which also includes Massachusetts voters who want to protect the casino law, is expected to intervene as soon as Monday in a lawsuit already pending before the Supreme Judicial Court, according to people with direct knowledge of the coalition’s plans but who are not authorized to speak publicly about it.

The legal action reflects a growing concern that the operators selected to build the state’s first casinos will be soon asked to pay massive — and non-refundable — licensing fees while the threat of repeal still hangs over their pricey projects.

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