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US – Massachusetts Gaming Commission votes to settle lawsuit with Wynn

By - 22 February 2019

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) has voted to settle a lawsuit with Steve Wynn with an unanimous 5-0 vote to allow the MGC to conclude its Wynn Resorts suitability review to ultimately decide if a casino license should be issued to allow the new Encore Boston Harbor to open in June of this year.

Commissioner Gayle Cameron said: “I move to authorise the Commission’s legal counsel to work to finalise an agreement, the terms of which are consistent with the Commission’s discussion in the February 20th executive session, that will result in dismissal of the case captioned Stephen A. Wynn vs. Karen Wells, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, and Wynn Resorts, et al. that is presently pending in the Clark County District Court in Nevada, and will enable the Commission to receive an investigative report and move forward with an adjudicatory proceeding regarding Wynn Resorts’ suitability as soon as possible.”

Elaine Driscoll, Director of Communications for the MGC, added: “The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted to authorize its legal counsel to finalise an agreement guaranteeing that commissioners have access to important investigative information relevant to the Wynn Resorts suitability review. This action also eliminates the uncertainty of protracted litigation and allows the MGC to commence its preparations for an adjudicatory hearing and a robust, public review of its investigatory findings.”

Following sexual misconduct allegations against him, Steve Wynn resigned as Chairman of his company. Wynn Resorts said in April it would change the name of the $2.5bn resort, being built in the city of Everett, from Wynn Boston Harbor to Encore Boston Harbor.

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