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Commission: Ending Wynn Probe ‘urgent Priority’

December 7, 2018

By Colin A. Young

State House News Service

BOSTON -- It is the “urgent priority” of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to end its almost yearlong investigation into allegations against former casino magnate Steve Wynn in order to begin deliberations over whether Wynn Resorts should continue to hold the license for the resort casino it is building in Everett, the commission’s chair said Thursday.

The Gaming Commission has been temporarily blocked from publishing the findings of its investigation after a Nevada judge last month granted a preliminary injunction sought by Wynn and agreed to hear arguments on his lawsuit alleging the commission’s report may rely upon confidential material.

Wynn, who resigned from Wynn Resorts in February after a Wall Street Journal report detailed allegations of misconduct, is suing the commission, its chief investigator and Wynn Resorts, claiming the company he founded and ran for years improperly gave the commission documents that should have been protected under attorney-client privilege and that the commission has used those documents as it investigates allegations of misconduct against Wynn and what Wynn Resorts executives knew of the allegations.

The four gaming commissioners huddled privately Thursday afternoon with general counsel Catherine Blue and outside attorneys to be briefed on the litigation, its implications for the commission’s process, and to discuss legal strategy.

The commission initially hoped to begin its adjudicatory process in September, then the timeline was pushed to October and eventually to December.

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