Wynn opponents go to court in Boston

Sep 24, 2015 11:11 AM

A Boston Superior Court judge heard more than two hours of arguments without ruling on the merits of separate suits filed by parties hoping to overturn the decision by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission that awarded a casino license to Wynn Resorts.

Boston, Revere, Somerville, Mohegan Sun and others say the process that granted a license to Wynn was flawed and corrupt. They want the competition restarted.

The Associated Press reported that the Gaming Commission argued in court this week “that the complaints should be dismissed because gambling license decisions are not subject to court review under state law, something casino applicants are well aware of hen they apply.”

A Mohegan Sun attorney said the company, which lost to Wynn in the license competition and is a co-plaintiff in Revere’s lawsuit “isn’t challenging the decision but everything leading up to it.”

The AP also reported that the Commission argued that some of the complaints exceed the statute of limitations.

Steve Wynn says the $1.7 billion he expects his company will spend on the Mystic River resort in Everett across the river from Boston will make the project the largest private development in the history of the state.

Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: [email protected].