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Massachusetts Gaming Commission Votes To Settle Lawsuit With Steve Wynn

Settling The Lawsuit Allows A Final Decision To Be Made On Encore Boston Harbor

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Former Wynn CEO Steve Wynn. Photo Credit: AP/Charles KrupaThe Massachusetts Gaming Commission announced Thursday that it unanimously voted to settle a lawsuit between the state and former Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn.

According to the Boston Herald, the commission decided to give the legal team the authority to settle after a five-hour closed-door meeting on Wednesday. The lawsuit, filed last November, was against the state’s gaming commission, its lead investigator, Karen Wells, and his former company.

It alleged that they breached attorney-client privilege in drafting a report on the sexual misconduct scandal that eventually forced Wynn to step down from his own company about a year ago. The legal team for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission was given the authority to settle the matter in a Clark County District Court in Nevada.

Settling the lawsuit seems to be the last hurdle that stands in the way of a final decision on the status of the gaming license awarded to Wynn Resorts for their Encore Boston Harbor location in Everett.

Now that the lawsuit is settled, the gaming panel can receive the report and learn the details of the company’s operations during the alleged sexual misconduct. Ultimately, they will make a decision on whether or not to revoke the license.

Elaine Driscoll, a spokeswoman for the commission told the Boston Herald that the vote “eliminates the uncertainty of protracted litigation” and allows for a “robust, public review of its investigatory findings.”

Wynn Resorts issued a statement on the recent developments.

“We have worked closely with attorneys for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and for Steve Wynn to reach a resolution that allows the commission to receive the information it believes is necessary to complete its investigation,” the statement read. “We are hopeful a hearing before the commission will be scheduled soon.”

The $2.5 billion resort is scheduled to open in late June and would be the second major casino opening in the state after MGM Springfield opened last year. Current Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox reassured his investors at the start of February that they would be allowed to keep their gaming license and open the facility on schedule.

Last month, the company settled with the Nevada Gaming Control Board after a year-long investigation similar to Massachusetts’. The company agreed to pay an undisclosed fine to the state.