EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 31, 2014

Mass. gambling chief asks court to dismiss lawsuit

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — 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.