Caesars lawsuit dismissed, appeal likely

BOSTON (WWLP) – A U.S. District Court judge dismissed Caesars lawsuit against the Massachusetts gaming commission on Friday.  Caesars’ alleged that gaming commission Chairman Stephen Crosby favored Wynn’s casino plan in Everett due to a past business relationship with its land owner.  Caesars filed the initial lawsuit in December.

Caesars hoped to build a casino at Suffolk Downs in Revere, but took its application out of the running in Massachusetts once gaming commission investigators discovered one of its hotel investors in Las Vegas had alleged ties to Russian mobsters and other information that made it unlikely the company would be found suitable in Massachusetts.  Caesars has since ended its relationship with the investor.

The company said in a statement sent to the Las Vegas Review Journal it would appeal the ruling to 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Crosby has since recused himself from voting on the Eastern Massachusetts casino applicants.  That came after Crosby appeared at an event at Suffolk Downs for its opening day of racing.  Wynn has a proposed site in Everett, Mohegan Sun has a proposed site at Suffolk Downs in Revere.  A decision is likely sometime late this summer or in early fall.

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