Lawsuit challenging Wynn Resorts casino approval can now proceed

  • Lawsuit filed by Revere residents, Mohegan Sun and electrical workers’ union
  • Licensing decision taken at the expense of Mohegan Sun’s, rival casino bid
  • Still no confirmation of whether or not lawsuit will be taken further in lower court

A lawsuit challenging the gambling license of casino operator, Steve Wynn’s Wynn Resorts can now move forward, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts has decided.

Wynn Resorts - ready to proceed in Massachusetts?
Wynn Resorts – ready to proceed in Massachusetts?

The lawsuit, filed by the city of Revere, Mohegan Sun, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and several residents from Revere, alleges that the State Gaming Commission violated the open meetings law as it made its decision over whom to award the Boston-area casino license.

The tribe-run Mohegan Sun had a rival bid for the license, but its proposal for the Suffolk Downs horse racing track was declined in favour of Wynn Boston Harbor, previously referred to as Everett Project.

The court stated that if the open meetings law had been violated, then some decisions taken at the meeting could be declared null and void. However, while the court confirmed that Mohegan Sun had a case, they did not extend those findings to Revere’s residents or the electrical workers’ union.

Comprehensive, fair and highly transparent

The chairman of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, Kevin Brown, stated that the ruling supported the belief of the authority that the decision process was flawed, although declined to confirm whether or not Mohegan Sun would go ahead with the lawsuit.

The commission, however, refuted the claims, insisting that its decision making process was “comprehensive, fair, and highly transparent”, insisting that it would vigorously oppose in court any attempt to challenge the decision and the allegation that they had violated open meeting laws.

Wynn Resorts, meanwhile, merely stated that the decision will not affect the planned $2 billion Wynn Boston Harbour project, slated for opening in 2019.

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