In a Nutshell
- The Nevada Gaming Control Board has voted unanimously to appeal a Clark County District Court’s decision that says regulators lack jurisdiction over Steve Wynn.
- The case will now go to the Nevada Supreme Court.
- The Control Board decided within a minute after member Terry Johnson obliged to the motion to appeal.
- Wynn filed a petition early this year, claiming that regulators have no jurisdiction over him since he no longer has connections with Wynn Resorts.
The Control Board will appeal a decision by Clark County District Court that says gaming regulators have no authority to discipline or punish Wynn.
Within just a minute, the Control Board voted unanimously to direct the Nevada Attorney General’s Office to appeal the ruling on behalf of the board and the Nevada Gaming Commission.
Recently, Judge Adriana Escobar of the Clark County District Court ruled that regulators have no authority to pursue any action against the former Wynn Resorts executive.
The appeal will go to the Nevada Supreme Court
The Control Board was not expected to take much time debating about the issue to avoid revealing any legal strategies.
The reason for the Escobar ruling that regulators have no jurisdiction against Wynn and cannot pursue any disciplinary action against him was that he no longer has affiliations with the company.
In October last year, the Control Board filed a five-count complaint against Wynn for workplace sexual misconduct and sexual harassment of female company workers. However, the accused has denied ever harassing anyone.
The board sought to revoke Wynn’s findings of suitability, which would effectively take away his license and would have likely banned him from ever obtaining licensure within Silver State again. That was an unprecedented move. The complaint also sought to impose a fine on Wynn.
The Nevada Gaming Commission reviewed the complaint in December last year. While Wynn’s attorneys argued that his resignation from the position of CEO in February 2018 and the divestment of all his shares of the company stock a month later kept regulators from seeking disciplinary action against him, the commissioners concurred that their complaint could be heard.
In January this year, Wynn filed a petition, claiming that state regulators did not have authority over him since he no longer has connections with Wynn Resorts.
The Clark County District Court’s decision was disclosed on November 20, 2020.
In his first board meeting, Nevada Gaming Control Board Brin Gibson immediately asked for a motion to consider appealing the case. When board member Terry Johnson obliged, the rest of the team unanimously approved the motion even without taking time to debate about it.
However, it is uncertain how the judgment will play out when it reaches the Supreme Court.
Some rumors indicate that Wynn is looking to re-enter the Nevada gaming industry again, with the possibility of acquiring Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corp. portfolio of resorts in the state. Recently, the company announced its interest in selling off the entire estate in Las Vegas.