Embattled casino king Steve Wynn is once again threatening a defamation suit, this time against Boston Mayor Martin Walsh. Earlier this year, Wynn was embarrassed when a California judge dismissed a slander suit he filed against stock market short-seller James Chanos and ordered his casino company to pay $422,000 in court costs and legal fees. Weeks later Wynn sent one of his attorneys to the Nevada Legislature to attempt to gut the state’s strong strategic lawsuit against public participation, or SLAPP, law, with tepid results.
Now Wynn Resorts Ltd. is threatening to sue Walsh for allegedly smearing the company in legal documents that are part of the city’s lawsuit against the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. The Boston media are having a good time with it.
The city in May filed a weighty lawsuit against the gaming agency alleging it violated state laws and regulations in an effort to ensure Wynn secured a license for his Everett casino.
Wynn through his attorney is now demanding Walsh apologize for the “false statements and untrue innuendo” included in court documents and subpoenas related to its litigation. In what the Boston Globe described as a “terse response to the letter,” a spokeswoman for the mayor said, “… We stand firmly behind the allegations in the amended complaint.”
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