The Associated Press reports that the Massachusetts State Gaming Commission has filed another lawsuit asking a judge to dismiss Boston’s suit which challenge’s the commission’s award of a lucrative casino license to Wynn Resorts, Ltd.
In a previous motion to dismiss in July, Judge Sanders denied the commission’s bid to dismiss Boston’s lawsuit outright. However, last week she determined that the lengthy 153-page brief submitted by Boston then was improperly filed, giving the gaming commission an opportunity to clarify their position.
The state challenges Boston’s filing on several key points: Massachusetts gambling law allows court review of certain matters pertaining to gambling but not the licensing process, second, that Boston’s lawsuit was filed many months after the commission’s award process, and third that the city lacks standing insomuch that the award in Everett is outside Boston’s city limits.
Boston wants the courts to invalidate Wynn’s license as well as the commissioners involved claiming numerous violations during the multi-year selection process. Wynn proposed a $1.7 billion resort complex in the industrial complex of Everett, across the waterways and overlooking Boston, and won the bid in September 2014.
World Casino News reported in January of this year, “Wynn Resorts was awarded the Greater Boston casino license in Everett, and beat the plan proposed by the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority. [Boston] had a deal that would have paid the city about $18 million a year if Mohegan would have been granted the license in Revere – no such deal was struck with Wynn.”
The motion to dismiss was submitted to the city late Friday, and the city’s response is expected later this month. Superior Court Judge Janet Sanders is expected to hear arguments on the motions in September.