Wynn Resorts co-founder Steve Wynn is suing his former company and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in an attempt to prevent the release of any investigative report that might contained “privileged material”.
Wynn is alleging that Wynn Resorts wrongly handed over privileged documents to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for its investigation into allegations of misconduct levelled against him in an explosive Wall Street Journal expose in February. The allegations ultimately led to Wynn standing down from the Wynn Resorts board and later selling off his entire 12.1% stake in the company.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Wynn’s lawsuit argues that any findings from the investigation can’t be released as much of the information contained in materials handed to the commission was subject to attorney-client privilege during his time as Wynn Resorts CEO.
“Recognizing that they have conducted their months-long investigation into Wynn Resorts with total disregard for protecting the privileged communications of Mr Wynn — who, again, has no ability to determine what communications and materials have been provided to regulators — Mass Gaming officials have simply donned the judge’s robe, cracked the gavel and unilaterally determined that Mr Wynn has failed to sustain his burden of establishing that any privilege applies to the unknown universe of documents acquired during the Mass Gaming investigation,” the lawsuit states.