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Court Rules in Favor of Mohegan Sun’s Lawsuit Against State Gaming Commission

– Allison Goldsberry

The Supreme Judicial Court, the state’s highest court, ruled in favor of Mohegan Sun pursuing its claim that it received unfair treatment in its bid to build a casino in Everett, according to The Boston Globe.

“Mohegan Sun had a legitimate expectation, backed up by substantial investments of resources in the application process, that the commission would follow the law in awarding the license that Mohegan Sun sought,” the court wrote.

Wynn quickly issued a statement that said the ruling has no impact on the project moving forward.

“The recent decision has no impact on our construction,” said Michael Weaver on behalf of Wynn Resorts. “We are on schedule and pleased with our construction progress. We look forward to opening June 2019.”

According to The Globe, the state gaming commission issued a statement defending its decision to issue the casino license to Wynn three years ago. The commission said it is “fully confident that this complex licensing process was executed in a manner that was comprehensive, fair, and highly transparent.”

“We will continue to vigorously defend our process in trial court and will prove that the commission’s decision-making is firmly guided by the law and strongly grounded in the best interests of the Commonwealth,” the commission said.

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