BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby is asking a federal judge to toss out a lawsuit by Caesars Entertainment alleging he failed to disclose a potential conflict of interest in a timely manner and treated Caesars unfairly.
In a court filing Thursday Crosby and Karen Wells, head of the commission’s investigative arm, called the claims made by Caesars “inflammatory, but ultimately groundless.”
Caesars had been a partner of the Suffolk Downs horse track in a resort casino bid, but it withdrew in October after concerns were raised during the background check by commission staff.
Caesars also claimed Crosby personally urged Wynn, a competitor for the eastern Massachusetts license, to remain in the application process.
Caesars’ lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, challenged the “constitutionality, objectivity and fairness” of its treatment by Crosby.