Suit Over Wynn Massachusetts Casino License Can Proceed

Mar 10, 2017

A lawsuit claims the Massachusetts Gaming Commission violated the state's Open Meeting Law leading up to the 2014 vote to award a casino license to Wynn Resorts. Wynn is building a $2.4 billion dollar casino ( shown in this artist's rendering) along the Mystic River north of Boston.
Credit Wynn Resorts

   The state’s highest court ruled Friday that a lawsuit can proceed against the Massachusetts Gaming Commission over the awarding of one of the state’s casino licenses.

     The lawsuit alleges gaming commissioners held at least two illegal private meetings to discuss rival plans for the coveted Greater Boston casino license before voting in an open meeting in 2014 to award the license.

    The suit was brought by a citizens group that supported a plan by Mohegan Sun to build a casino at the Suffolk Downs racetrack,

   In a statement, the commission defended the licensing process as “comprehensive, fair and highly transparent.”

  Wynn is in the process of building a $2.4 billion resort casino just north of Boston.