November 19, 2019 Casino, Legal

Federal judge dismisses Massachusetts casino case against Wynn Resorts


Federal judge dismisses Massachusetts casino case against Wynn Resorts A federal judge has tossed out a suit claiming Wynn Resorts corrupted the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) and local officials as part of its efforts to win a casino license for a Boston resort.
Sterling Suffolk Racecourse argued Wynn Resorts committed racketeering violations to secure a license to build Encore Boston Harbor in Everett, MA.
U.S. District Court Chief Judge Patti Saris ruled there was no wrongdoing by Wynn Resorts, which faced a $3bn lawsuit from Sterling Suffolk.
In the lawsuit filed on 17 September, Sterling Suffolk claims it missed out on $1bn of revenue by losing the license to Wynn Resorts.
The company intended to build a Mohegan Sun casino on the local Suffolk Downs horseracing track, which has since been sold.
Among the allegations was that Wynn Resorts bribed Everett mayor Carlo DeMaria with a
concealed stake of ownership in the casino.
Another allegation stated Wynn Resorts concealed sexual misconduct claims against founder Steve Wynn.
The MGC fined Wynn Resorts $35m for failing to disclose those sexual misconduct allegations.
Encore Boston Harbor opened on 23 June. The 671-room, $2.6bn resort took more than four years to construct after Wynn purchased 33 acres of land in January 2015.
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