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Nevada judge Stops MGC from Issuing Investigative Report

By Josh Resnek

And just like that, with the sweep of a pen, a Nevada judge has scheduled a hearing on whether or not the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s investigative report can be released in December.

The temporary blockage of the planned release of the MGC report about allegations of sexual misconduct against Steve Wynn, the defrocked genius of the gaming industry, is a stunning development in the ongoing investigations and law suits connected with the Encore casino project in Everett.

Clark County District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez told attorneys she will hear arguments about whether the report contains confidential information and documents that Wynn attorneys say are protected by attorney-client privilege, court clerk Dan Kutinac said.

Wynn’s recently filed lawsuit against the company he founded and the MGC claims Wynn’s privacy and lawyer-client confidentiality has been violated by MGC investigators and lawyers.

A hearing date has not yet been scheduled.

Attorneys for the Commonwealth and the commission argue that a Nevada judge lacks jurisdiction to decide if regulators in Massachusetts are properly exercising oversight.

Protracted legal arguments, they said in a court ling last Friday, “will almost certainly result in a delay in opening the gaming establishment, in turn delaying 4,500 full-time job opportunities, and depriving [Massachusetts] of millions of dollars in tax revenue every month.”

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