The Wynn Resorts along with its former chief executive, Steve Wynn got sued by the Massachusetts racetrack operator for alleged involvement in rigging the application process for winning a license to run the Boston area's only casino.
Sterling Suffolk Racecourse filed a lawsuit late on Monday which claims that the construction of the casino at its Suffolk Downs location proposed by Mohegan Sun Casino that would have increased the value of the racetrack location.
The operator accused Wynn Resorts of violations of the federal Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization Act and had asked for more than $1 billion for repairing the damage. Along with Steve Wynn and Wynn Resorts, it also names defendants Chief Executive Officer Matthew Maddox and former General Counsel Kim Sinatra.
The suit also names FBT Everett Realty and Paul Lohnes which is one of the FBT's owners.
FBT had sold the Boston Harbor casino site in Everett to Wynn Resorts. The suit comes as the Massachusetts Gaming Commission prepares to announce if it will be permitting Wynn Resorts to operate the $2.5 billion facilities nearing completion in Everett, near Boston.
“This lawsuit was brought by Richard Fields, an unsuccessful applicant for the license awarded to Wynn Resorts. His claims are frivolous and clearly without foundation,” Wynn Resorts said in a written statement.
Fields head Coastal Development LLC, a significant investor in Sterling Suffolk Racecourse.