Creek Oak Casino Sues Former Jackpot Winner Over Pig Farm
Pig Farm It was all smiles just a few short years ago when Diego Ruez saw the lights flashing and the bells ringing on the slot machine he was playing at the Creek Oak Casino. Ruez had hit the jackpot on the machine, and was paid a lump sum of over $3 million by the casino.
A picture of the joyous occasion hangs on the wall at the casino. In the picture, the owner of the casino, Marc Nulenge, has an arm around Ruez and both are smiling. Now, a couple of years later, the two will not be smiling the next time they meet.
Nulenge has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Creek Oak against Ruez. After Ruez won the jackpot, he used some of his winnings to build a pig farm less than five minutes from the casino. Nulenge contends in the lawsuit that the smell coming from the pig farm is running off the casino's customers.
"Ever since Mr. Ruez put that pig farm up, Creek Oak revenue has declined," said attorney Gerald Henly, who is representing Creek Oak, "It is true that the economy has worsened, but we believe that the decline in business is directly related to the pig farm."
Ruez has filed a counter-suit against the casino. In the counter-suit, Ruez alleges that Nulenge came to Ruez and tried to get him to agree to sell some of the pigs to the casino so they can use them for the pork products at their restaurants. According to Ruez, when he declined, Nulenge brought on the lawsuit involving the farm.
"He (Nulenge) had no problem with the pig farm before I told him I wouldn't sell him the pigs," said Ruez, "Now, he is just looking to get even with me. It is not fair, but I am still grateful to Creek Oak because without the jackpot, I would not have had the opportunity to fulfill my childhood dream of owning a pig farm."
Other local businesses that were contacted reported no problems with the pig farm. One store owner even acknowledged that the farm has brought his store more business. The owner of Outdoor Odor Eaters says her business is up nearly fifty percent since the farm was built.
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