Wynn wins

JUNE 24: The Encore Boston Harbor. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

Court rules in favor of casino over price paid for Monsanto land


The Wynn Corporation has succeeded in putting to rest the last lawsuit against its presence on the former Monsanto site.

A Suffolk Superior Court judge has ruled that FBT, the owners of the land who conveyed it to Wynn Corporation, will not receive another dime for the property.

FBT had been seeking an additional $40 million over the $35 million sale price believing it was owed that money.

The Massachusetts Gam- ing Commission cut the land price to Wynn after FBT had been shown to have a convicted felon as one of its original owners.

Judge Kenneth Salinger ordered in a 12-page decision released June 16 that a final judgment be entered dismiss- ing the claims of FBT Everett Realty, LLC against the MGC with prejudice, and also dismissed the third-party claims by the MGC against Wynn MA, LLC, with prejudice.

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Federal Courts Require Asbestos Manufacturers to Compensate Cancer Victims

Plant workers employed before 1981 diagnosed with various cancers are entitled to special benefits. Lung cancer, esophageal cancer, laryngeal cancer, pharyngeal cancer, stomach cancer, colon cancer, rectal cancer, and mesothelioma are frequently caused by asbestos exposure. Asbestos-laced products were used for decades at Monsanto. Neither employees nor management were aware of the asbestos risk.

Asbestos is a mineral that in its natural state is harmless. It becomes harmful when it is pulled apart or ground up into flexible fibers. Then, when inhaled or swallowed, microscopic asbestos fibers may be permanently affixed to body tissue. Over many years, these fibers may cause genetic changes that can lead to cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, “It can take from 10 to 40 years or more for asbestos-related cancers to appear.”


Looking at the News

How Complete Was Wynn’s Cleanup of Monsanto?

By Josh Resnek

I have walked the site of our grand casino. I visit once a week delivering the Leader Herald.

I take a look around.

The view from the front of the hotel looking south reveals the newly remade shoreline, with the casino land, now a lush natural style pedestrian walkway jutting out into the Mystic River.

At low tide, the sandy flats are visible at both sides of the small harbor that exist in front of the hotel, where the transit craft pull up and dock with visitors from Boston everyday.

The appearance on a sunny day is the sea shining, the sandy flats clean and gray. The entire vista is an exact opposite of what it used to be.

Each time I visit, I am blown away by the plantings of thousands of mature trees and shrubs throughout the 33 acre site, once the most contaminated piece of abused and ruined land in all of Massachusetts.

I remain awestruck by the transformation from toxic dump to a greater Boston attraction, from a Chernobyl type misery zone, to one of the busiest and largest generators of money in the North East with a five star hotel and a first class casino.

The place is beautiful and the access to the Mystic River is something this town has not had in over 100 years. The place is so nice, I considered jumping into the river or casting a fishing rod to see if there were any sign of life. It then made me wonder, how safe the water is now.

It may be safe but I don’t think it would be a good idea to start swimming there or fishing – besides neither of those activities would be allowed under the current ownership.

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