Some Las Vegas businesses are able to settle their litigation issues quickly. Many lawsuits, however, can extend for years, particularly if they involve civil appeals. These business lawsuits can be quite different from legal disputes between individuals, as having corporate entities as the plaintiffs and/or defendants can quickly lead to escalated complications of legal issues.
Las Vegas’ Caesars Entertainment has publicly stated its intention to appeal a federal ruling that dismissed the gambling company’s complaint against the chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.
In his decision, a U.S. District Judge noted that the commissioner’s behavior has led to some distrust by the public regarding casino licensing. Nevertheless, he determined that the casino’s allegations rested on too many assumptions and improbabilities for the case to continue. Caesars will be filing its appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
The suit was spurred by a failed business deal between Caesars and Suffolk Downs; the latter pulled out of the potential partnership because the Massachusetts commission expressed concerns about the former. Caesars claims that the commission chairman was biased and gave preferential treatment to a rival casino.
If your business is facing a potential lawsuit, it may be prudent to seek the counsel of an attorney as soon as possible. This can help you understand what to expect during litigation, including the nuances of the appeals process. Knowing about these issues beforehand can allow you to plan your business and legal strategies accordingly, which may save you a great deal of time and trouble overall.
Source: Boston Globe, “Caesars lawsuit against gaming commission chief dismissed,” Mark Arsenault, May 31, 2014.