The state attorney general's office has asked a federal judge to remove California as a party to Temecula's lawsuit against the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, which is well known to have violated the civil and human rights of 25% of its membership.
U.S. District Court Judge Dale S. Fischer will consider the state's request, as well as a motion by the tribe to dismiss the suit, at an April 11 hearing in Los Angeles.
Temecula sued the tribe in October in an effort to force it to pay the city for the effect the Pechanga Resort & Casino has on municipal services and infrastructure.
The tribe's lawyers contend that the court can't hear the matter because Pechanga has sovereign immunity.
The suit names then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, current Gov. Jerry Brown, who has accepted almost $1 million from gaming tribes, and the state Gambling Control Commission as "real parties of interest," meaning they would benefit from the suit even though Temecula is the plaintiff.
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