Judge rules for Steve Wynn

Clark County District Court Judge Adriana Escobar issued a ruling dated Thursday saying the Nevada gaming regulators didn’t have the ability to rule Steve Wynn unsuitable for a gaming license once he left Wynn Resorts. 

Wynn, the former gaming magnate, stepped away from Wynn Resorts in 2018 after he was accused of sexually harassing employees -- allegations denied by Wynn. The allegations arose from an article in the Wall Street Journal in January 2018 and Wynn resigned the following month and sold all of his stock by March. 

In a 2019 complaint, the Nevada Gaming Control Board accused Wynn of violating the state’s gaming regulations. It’s complaint against Wynn said in sexually harassing employees, the allegations were covered up with confidential settlements that ran into millions of dollars. 

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“Respondents fail to provide any authority supporting their jurisdiction over a person no longer involved in Nevada’s gaming industry in any capacity,” Escobar wrote in her conclusion of the 14-page opinion. “Importantly, respondents fail to support their position that they have jurisdiction over a person with no intent to be involved in Nevada’s gaming industry in the future. Why? There is none. In fact, the Commission conceded that respondents have never sought to investigate, discipline, or fine a person that has completely divested themselves of the gaming industry with no intent of returning prior to the Board’s filing of the underlying complaint. The court finds that respondents lack jurisdiction over petitioner under the Act and relevant Commission regulations because petitioner has no material involvement, directly or indirectly, with a licensed gaming operation or registered holding company.” 

In the summer, Wynn put his Las Vegas mansion on the market in Billionaires Row next to TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas for $25 million. He reportedly spends much of his time these days in Florida. 

Gaming regulators released a statement on Friday: “The Nevada Gaming Control Board is reviewing the substance of the court’s ruling, and, in consultation with its attorneys, will make decisions regarding its next steps soon.” 

In July, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit nine women filed against Wynn Resorts after they said they were sexually harassed by the former CEO Wynn