New Wynn CEO Maddox Ready to Lead Wynn Organization, Wynn Boston Harbor

New Wynn CEO Maddox Ready to Lead Wynn Organization, Wynn Boston Harbor

Matt Maddox has been no stranger to the Everett casino, and above anyone else, the new CEO of Wynn Resorts – which includes Wynn Boston Harbor – is probably the one person most responsible for bringing the $2.4 billion resort casino across the Mystic River to Everett.

It was Maddox, who last month became the CEO in the wake of the sexual misconduct allegations against former charismatic CEO Steve Wynn, who happened to see a small news clipping in his e-mail talking about a potential casino site being touted to Hard Rock Casino developers in Everett.

Fresh off a humbling casino proposal loss in Foxborough, the Wynn organization had pulled out of Massachusetts. As the story is told, though, Maddox hadn’t removed the Boston news alerts from his computer.

So it was he saw that little story about Everett that piqued his interest about another run at a Boston casino.

A phone call to Steve Tocco of Mintz Levin, and then a few phone calls around Everett, and shortly after that Maddox was taking a walking tour of the site, which he was very excited about. Soon after that, Steve Wynn and Maddox were sitting in Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria’s office at Everett City Hall.

The rest, of course, is history.

Maddox has rarely told that story, but it’s one that has become more appropriate for the Wynn Boston Harbor venture as Maddox, 42, has now taken charge of the Wynn company.

According to a biography provided by Wynn, Maddox grew up in a very small town in Arkansas with a  population of just over 5,000 people. With a keen interest in investment banking since he was a small child in Arkansas, Maddox pursued that career early in life and worked for Bank of America and, later, for the predecessor of Caesar’s Entertainment.

That job caught the eye of the Wynn team, who formed Wynn Resorts in 2002 and made Maddox one of their first hires. He served as treasurer and vice president of investor relations when he came to Wynn, with one of his first tasks being to secure the financing for the Wynn Las Vegas project.

However, his claim to fame with the company was forging a path in Macau to secure a casino property there – a property that has become a major revenue source for the company.

“Maddox was among the first of the Wynn executive team to relocate to China in 2003, becoming the Chief Financial Officer of Wynn Resorts Macau,” read the company bio. “During his three years in Asia, he was a key leader on the pre-opening team that built the organization from ground breaking through the resort opening in 2006. The resulting Wynn Macau has proven to be one of the most successful integrated resorts ever created, and remains the only resort in the world with eight Forbes Five Star awards. In 2005, Mr. Maddox was named Senior Vice President of Business Development for Wynn Las Vegas, and later for Wynn Resorts.”

In 2013, after being promoted to president and chief financial officer, he focused on China once again and led the financing for the $4.2 billion Wynn Palace in Cotai. That hotel has also won awards from Forbes and has more than 1,000 rooms.

Last month, during the scandal that rocked the Wynn empire, Maddox assumed the duties of CEO of the company from Steve Wynn, who resigned his position. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) continues an investigation into the suitability of the company, as well as who knew about settlements and payments made by Steve Wynn for alleged sexual misconduct in 2005.

Maddox told the Boston Globe in a recent interview that he did not know about the settlement allegations during the vetting process in Massachusetts, and said the company has an investigation going on right now that is looking into who knew what and when.

Maddox has not been available to local reporters, but in an interview with the Boston Globe, he affirmed his support for Wynn Boston Harbor, and also said that the Wynn company is more than one person.

“Wynn is not about one person, it’s not about management, it’s about the 25,000 people that work here,” he told employees recently during a meeting following the fallout, according to Wynn.

He told the Globe that they are still committed to the Boston project fully, and have no intentions to sell it off to another developer.

“Absolutely,” he told the Globe. “We have spent $1.3 billion out of $2.4 billion [budgeted for Everett]. There are between 1,200 and 1,400 construction workers on site every day. I’m telling you, this is going to be the nicest integrated resort in the Northeast. It will have the biggest ballroom in the Northeast, 671 hotel rooms, 13 food and beverage outlets. It’s full steam ahead.”

Another hot topic has been the name of the property. While many believe that the Wynn brand name is now tainted beyond repair, Maddox told the Globe emotions are too raw right now to make that kind of game-changing decision.

“Emotions are so raw right now around this topic,” he told the Globe. “What I’m telling people is you don’t look at those things right now in this state. Because Wynn is a brand — it’s not about a person, it’s about the 25,000 people that work here. Our Chinese customers — we had one of our biggest Chinese New Year’s ever last week — they understand the Wynn brand. They don’t associate it with a person; they associate it with luxury and with service and with first class.”

Finally, he told the Globe that the Everett casino will still have the luxury cache that all Wynn properties have, even without the personal touch of Steve Wynn.

He told the Globe that Roger Thomas has been the company’s chief designer for several years, and Steve Wynn had not been involved at the detail level for some time. The last two casino openings, Maddox said, have been handled chiefly by Thomas.

“Roger is the author and Steve was always the editor,” Maddox told the Globe. “Steve had very clear ideas about how he wanted to do things. But Roger is the person — along with his quite large team — who specifies where we get the granite. Steve Wynn — he is a visionary. It is a fact. You can look up and down Las Vegas. But we have people who have worked on all these projects, in the design, conception, and execution, for over 30 years. There are no better-trained people in the world to execute new projects. We’re the ones who have done it.”

Maddox is expected to travel to Everett to take a tour of the resort casino project in the next month or so.

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Wynn Boston Harbor Still Moving Forward as Steve Wynn Steps Down

Wynn Boston Harbor Still Moving Forward as Steve Wynn Steps Down

Wynn Boston Harbor officials are moving forward without a pause this week despite the news that dynamic Wynn CEO Steve Wynn has stepped down from leading the company, and the fact that the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) investigation is digging deeper into the actions of other executives in the company.

Wynn Boston Harbor has referred all media requests on the project to Las Vegas, and Wynn Resorts spokesman Michael Weaver had no comment on whether Wynn’s departure would affect the project.

Workers on the site and project leaders have said that the project in Everett is moving forward. A statement from the Wynn Board of Directors said, among other things, they are focused on opening Wynn Boston Harbor.

“The company will continue to fully focus on its operations at Wynn Macau, Wynn Palace and Wynn Las Vegas; the development and opening of the first phase of Wynn Paradise Park, currently under construction on the former Wynn golf course; as well as the construction of Wynn Boston Harbor, which will open in June 2019,” read the Board statement.

Wynn was accused of a pattern of sexual misconduct, including a $7.5 million out of court settlement, last month that quickly altered the gaming executive’s status.

Late last week, he announced that he would step down as the leader of the company – a company that bears his name and has built its brand on the strength of his name. It was a shocking move in a project that has had numerous shocks throughout its short life.

The Board of Directors of Wynn Resorts announced Wynn’s departure.

Current President Matt Maddox has been appointed as the new CEO, and Boone Wayson as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors.

In a statement, Wynn said he had suddenly found himself the focus of an “avalanche” of negative publicity. As it has grown, he said it has now begun to hurt the company he loves.

“As I have reflected upon the environment this has created — one in which a rush to judgment takes precedence over everything else, including the facts — I have reached the conclusion I cannot continue to be effective in my current roles,” he said. “Therefore, effective immediately, I have decided to step down as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Wynn Resorts, a company I founded and that I love.

“The Wynn Resorts team and I have built houses of brick,” he continued. “Which is to say, the institution we created — a collection of the finest designers and architects ever assembled, as well as an operating philosophy now ingrained in the minds and hearts of our entire team — will remain standing for the long term. I am extremely proud of everything we have built at this company.”

Wynn said he endorsed the succession plan and fully supported Maddox as the new CEO.

“He and his team are well positioned to carry on the plans and vision for the company I created,” he said.

He added that he was most proud of the employees in the company. He said it was the employees of Wynn Resorts that made it the most admired company in the world.

The Board said they accepted the resignation with a heavy heart, and pointed out more than 40 percent of their employees are women.

 “Steve Wynn is an industry giant,” said Wayson. “He is a philanthropist and a beloved leader and visionary. He played the pivotal role in transforming Las Vegas into the entertainment destination it is today. He also assembled a world-class team of executives that will continue to meet the high standards of excellence that Steve Wynn created and the Wynn brand has come to represent. Steve Wynn created modern Las Vegas. He transformed the city into an economic powerhouse by making it a world-wide tourist destination.”

The MGC did meet last week, and addressed their investigation once again, noting that they are looking into what Maddox and Wynn Attorney Kim Sinatra knew during the background check of the company in 2013.

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Steve Wynn Under the Microscope:Wynn CEO Steve Wynn, Company Push Back Against Sexual Harassment Allegations

Steve Wynn Under the Microscope:Wynn CEO Steve Wynn, Company Push Back Against Sexual Harassment Allegations

The gaming world was spun on its side Friday afternoon when a Wall Street Journal report went public and described a pattern of sexual harassment by Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn – allegations that filtered through Las Vegas and into Everett where Wynn is building a $2.4 billion resort casino just a short distance from Chelsea.

Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn.

Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn.

Chelsea has a Surrounding Community Agreement (SCA) with the Wynn Boston Harbor casino.

Wynn, for his part, and the parent company, Wynn Resorts, has pushed back heavily against the allegations in strong statements on Friday.

“The idea that I ever assaulted any woman is preposterous,” said Steve Wynn in a statement. “We find ourselves in a world where people can make allegations, regardless of the truth, and a person is left with the choice of weathering insulting publicity or engaging in multi-year lawsuits. It is deplorable for anyone to find themselves in this situation.”

The report came on Friday around 2 p.m. online, and then hit the front page of the Saturday Wall Street Journal print newspaper. The story detailed – from the first paragraph – the allegation of a manicurist in Las Vegas who was called to Wynn’s office in 2005 and allegedly forced to have sex with the casino mogul. That woman was given a $7.5 million settlement after reporting the matter to Human Resources in Las Vegas.

The Journal also alleged that it interviewed dozens of other workers who have worked at Wynn casinos and they also detailed what the Journal reported as a pattern of misconduct.

That was followed up by Wynn resigning as Republican National Committee finance chairman on Saturday – a post he only took up early last year.

In their statements, Wynn and Wynn Resorts delved deep into the ongoing divorce suit between Wynn and his ex-wife, Elaine, citing that as the source of the allegations. The divorce has been ongoing for quite some time between Steve Wynn and Elaine – with the sticking point being over a revised settlement payment for Elaine Wynn’s former involvement in the business. She was a former board member of Wynn Resorts.

“The instigation of these accusations is the continued work of my ex-wife Elaine Wynn, with whom I am involved in a terrible and nasty lawsuit in which she is seeking a revised divorce settlement,” said Wynn in his statement. “Elaine has explicitly threatened to slander and destroy me and I am surprised that the media is allowing itself to be used to advance this agenda. The conduct of Elaine during the course of the pending lawsuits has been shocking and deeply disturbing to me personally and as the CEO of Wynn Resorts. Despite such conduct, I have repeatedly refused to capitulate to her demands. In response, I remain focused on Wynn Resorts, our employees and our shareholders and will not be distracted from those efforts.”

A lawyer representing Elaine Wynn told the Wall Street Journal that they were not using the allegations as a strategy in the ongoing suit.

Wynn Resorts – the Wynn parent company – went into much greater detail about the litigation.

“The recent allegations about Mr. Wynn reflect allegations made in court hearings by Mr. Wynn’s ex-wife, Elaine Wynn, in her legal battle with him and the company,” read the statement. “It is clear that Mr. Wynn’s ex-wife has sought to use a negative public relations campaign to achieve what she has been unable to do in the courtroom:  tarnish the reputation of Mr. Wynn in an attempt to pressure a revised divorce settlement from him.”

Wynn Resorts said it was “noteworthy” to point out that Elaine Wynn knew of the 2005 sexual harassment allegation as far back as 2009, but never made it known to the Board of Directors. She was a member of the Board at that time, and did not bring up those allegations until Steve Wynn remarried and the shareholders voted not to re-elect Elaine to the Board, they stated.

“Wynn Resorts is committed to operating with the highest ethical standards and maintaining a safe and respectful culture that has made Wynn Resorts the employer of choice for 23,000 employees worldwide,” read the statement. “The Company requires all employees to receive annual anti-harassment training and offers an independent hotline that any employee can use anonymously, without fear of retaliation. Since the inception of the company, not one complaint was made to that hotline regarding Mr. Wynn.”

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Potential Wynn Branding Problems Likely to Move into Uncharted Territory

Potential Wynn Branding Problems Likely to Move into Uncharted Territory

One of the biggest questions floating around all of Greater Boston right now regarding the allegations against CEO Steve Wynn is whether or not the casino building here will carry his signature brand name at the top when it opens in 2019 – a brand that has gone from impeccable to potentially tainted in a few day’s time.

Experts in the field of marketing and branding – something that is heavily studied and critically important in today’s business world – are closely watching this case with Wynn.

Locally, Northeastern University Assistant Professor Charn McAllister, who teaches in the Management and Organizational Development Department at Northeastern, said there are so many firsts in this case when it comes to branding.

One of the major issues with the Wynn situation is that the company is heavily tied to the man for whom some seriously negative allegations are being made. The company is tied so heavily that it in fact carries a brand name that is now associated with that negativity.

“I think Steve Wynn in many ways is the heart and soul of Wynn Resorts,” McAllister said. “It’s a cult of personality. When people invest in Wynn, they are investing in Steve Wynn…Five or six months ago, you would expect a company to remove an individual from a position of leadership. How do you do that when the company is the person? Though these are still allegations, it’s like Weinstein in that the allegations were so horrible that the name of the business became poison. When your name is on the building and on everything else, at that point it puts the Board in a very difficult situation.”

That difficult situation comes from the fact that the Board for Wynn – a publicly traded company – has stated in federal filings that the loss of Wynn from their company would mean significant financial losses. Now, they are facing a decision about the loss of Wynn versus the losses from the bad name via the publicity.

“They have already stated in SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) filings that the loss of Steve Wynn would result in major losses to the company, but at the same time you just had a 14 percent drop in your stock price because of Steve Wynn,” he said.

The branding of Wynn has been carefully guarded since the company arrived in Everett. From the local office to the Las Vegas office, the company has been very careful since day one to remain on brand and on message in all communications and imagery. That’s because they have spent decades building the name ‘Wynn’ into an image and vision of luxury and something fun and clean.

The allegations against Wynn now, which he fully denies, are anything but clean and fun. Regardless of their validity or not – or the circumstances of them surfacing – McAllister said today’s court of public opinion is very harsh on a brand.

He said some of the things he will be watching as the investigation moves forward is whether the company has a hard time recruiting new employees as they ramp up for the 2019 opening due to the public perception of the brand.

“The brand integrity is going to be downgraded substantially,” he said. “Recruiting for the company will be harder likely because the new potential candidates may not be so eager to work for the company. It’s not that they are afraid so much of getting assaulted, but the image of the company. Do you want to go home and tell your parents or friends that you work for this brand that is now associated with such bad things?”

McAllister said other things he is watching is how the allegations might be interpreted internationally, since Wynn has locations in Asia as well.

He also said he believes more companies might re-think making their brand the name of a company leader or founder. He said, for example, that everyone knows Jeff Bezos is the leader of Amazon, but the company doesn’t bear his name.

More than anything, McAllister said the unprecedented part of the situation will be whether public perception forces the brand to change. That, of course, is a question that nearly all of Everett is wondering as well.

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All’s Well at S & L:Steven Powers Jr takes Over Ownership of Popular Mill Hill Sandwich Shop

By Cary Shuman

The name Powers has distinguished itself in so many aspects of Chelsea life over the past 50 years: in the Aldermanic Chambers at City Hall where Steven Powers Sr. served as a city official; on the baseball fields where he served as league president; and at the old Merritt Park where the Powers family’s Fourth of July party and races were second to none.

There is also another well-known venue in which the Powers family name has carried on a longtime and proud tradition in this city: the S & L Cold Cut Center on Eastern Avenue where a new era has begun.

Steven Powers Jr. has taken over the ownership of the popular sandwich shop in Mill Hill from his mother, Judy, and his aunt, Diane, who had been directing operations since 1996. Steven’s father, Steven Powers Sr., and grandfather, Larry Cesareo, first opened the shop in 1973.

“That what the ‘S’ and ‘L’ stand for: Steve and Larry,” related Powers. “I’m so proud of my father. He was a city leader with much integrity who loves Chelsea.”

Powers Jr. has put his own stamp on the business, overseeing a renovation project of the restaurant that has drawn raves reviews from old and new customers.

“I’m very excited about the new look and the changes we have made to the interior,” said Powers.

The menu, that has delighted regulars from Chelsea and area communities for years, remains mostly the same.

Large sandwiches are the S & L signature plate. “The most popular sandwich is the Italian how ever you’d like it – with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, and the hot stuff,” said Powers. “Our steak and cheese sandwich is also a favorite among our customers.”

Daily specials, such as Friday’s fried haddock dinner, also bring in the masses while barbecued steak tips are the newest addition to the dinner menu.

“Not that I think I can compete with the other two big boys in Chelsea – New Bridge and Floramo’s, but ours are really good, too,” said Powers.

A Chelsea High School Class of 1987 graduate, Steven Powers Jr. is now running the show at S & L in the neighborhood where he grew up and right down the street from the rink where played in the Chelsea Youth Hockey program. He also played in the Chelsea Little League and the Chelsea Youth Baseball League.

“My first 17 years of my life were in the four-decker which is 1 Carroll St,” said Powers. “We then moved to 17 Lewis St. which is a block away.”

It’s clear that Steven Powers Jr. has inherited his family’s love of Chelsea and that his customers are happy to see him back in the city.

“Just from growing up here, I get to see so many people I haven’t seen in years,” said Powers. “But none of this would have been possible for me without the people who came before me: my mother, my aunt, my grandfather, and my father. They laid the groundwork to step in to something that has a 40-year heritage.”

Steven Powers Jr. and his longtime companion, Fran Turco, live in Revere with five children, Anthony, Marguerita, Austin, Paul and Abby. Steven Jr. is also close to his sister, former CHS cheerleader Annie Powers Baker, and her husband, Chris Baker – arguably Chelsea High’s greatest ice hockey ever – sister, Kelly Powers, and brothers, Matthew Powers and Dennis Powers.

“We were all raised by great, positive role models,” said Powers. “They just showed me how to do everything.”

(S & L Cold Cut Center is open six days a week, Monday through Friday until 7 p.m., and Saturday until 3 p.m.)

Steve Powers Jr. and his son, Austin Powers, outside the newly renovated S and L Cold Cut Center at 462 Eastern Ave., Chelsea.

Steve Powers Jr. and his son, Austin Powers, outside the newly renovated S and L Cold Cut Center at 462 Eastern Ave., Chelsea.

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I’m Going In


Steve Lacey grips the ball tightly as he makes his way into the lane in a home game on Monday, Feb. 15. The CHS boys team lost a heartbreaker on Monday against Mystic Valley when a two-point jumper went through the net at the buzzer, sending Mystic players jumping for joy and Chelsea players sinking in disappointment. The game ended 59-57

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Leonard Florence Expands ALS Housing on $17.5 Million Gift

By Seth Daniel

Don’t hold it against him, but Mike Robbins is a New York Yankees fan.

Despite being the newest resident of the newly expanded Leonard Florence Center for Living (LFCFL) ALS Home, the Staten Island native brought with him his Yankees gear, but a great new appreciation for Boston and the community of Chelsea – even if the Red Sox don’t exactly appeal to him just yet.

“I rolled in here with a Red Sox hat on so they wouldn’t ask me to leave,” he said with a laugh at the new home recently. “I figured I’d keep it on until later this spring and then break out the Yankees hat and jersey and by then they couldn’t make me leave. I’ve never had something so great as this happen to me in my entire life. Everything just fell in line and quickly. If I wouldn’t have been able to come here, I would have probably ended up in a nursing home, and they just aren’t equipped to handle ALS. This gift that they got here required them to take some New York patients. That’s the only reason I’m here now is that family decided to fund this. Otherwise, I’d still be sitting on the waiting list. It’s like a dream to me.”

That dream for Robbins, 60, started quite some time ago when he was diagnosed with ALS and was living in an apartment in New York that wasn’t accommodating to a wheel chair. He was also heavily reliant on his daughters and felt he was taking away from their lives. All of that sparked he and his family to apply for a spot at the LFCFL, but the waiting list was daunting. While he qualified, the likelihood of him getting a spot was slim to none.

Then came along a donor from New York City who wanted to pledge $17.5 million to open another ALS home at LFCFL, with an immediate $5 million gift to fund the expansion. The commitment, said Chelsea Jewish Foundation President Barry Berman, came with a promise to raise the rest of the money over the coming years.

The expanded home will be known as the McDonald ALS Home.

Already, one home exists at LFCFL and was designed by resident and ALS patient Steve Saling. The cutting edge design leans heavily on technology to level the playing field for patients with the degenerative disease and allow them to have a high quality of life – including being able to operate the television, speak through a computer and even open the blinds with the flick of an eyelid.

Naturally, all of that comes at a price, and while the concept has been refined here in Chelsea, the price tag still remains prohibitive.

That’s why Berman was excited when the New York family first came forward.

At first, he said they wanted to fund a facility in some other location in a different part of the country, having been familiar with the work done at LFCFL in Chelsea. Berman lent a hand to help them find a place, but eventually the family changed its focus.

“They soon came to realize that what they wanted to fund is what we have here,” he said. “The other places they were looking at were going to be nursing homes with an ALS wing and not what we have here. They understood it’s extremely financially challenging to open up a new ALS house.”

In the end, they decided to give the gift to LFCFL in order to open up a new house here, replacing a short-term rehabilitation facility already within the building.

“They gave a $5 million upfront gift and through the years they are going to help me raise the additional funds,” said Berman. “One thing they wanted was that we take a couple of New York people because that’s where the money came from and where they’re from.”

When the news was announced, Saling took to Facebook and was able to fill the new house in a matter of days – showing the extreme need for such facilities.

“It filled up with Steve Saling just putting the news on his Facebook page,” said Berman. “The calls kept rolling in and in until four days later the house was filled up. Then we had to start putting people on the waiting list again, unfortunately.”

The gift allowed the home to open, and the $12.5 million will allow it to operate for 20 years.

Berman said the gift has opened his eyes to the new possibility of the LFCFL being an exclusive ALS residential facility – being on the cutting edge of such care worldwide.

“My goal now is eventually to open up three or four more homes and that this building would be a center for excellence in ALS care,” he said. “The people who made the gift may be interested in working more with us and it would be an honor to develop another home with them.”

For Robbins, the gift and his new place of residence has given him something he could never have paid for – dignity.

“The biggest thing for me is not being a burden on my daughters’ lives,” he said. “I’m in a nice place and I”m not a burden on them. They can get on with their lives and know I’m in a great situation here. To be able to use the bathroom and use the toilet with the door closed or take a shower with hot water is something I couldn’t do. I can do that now. Those things give you your dignity back. I’m just very, very fortunate and happy.”

Mike Robbins, 60, of New York City is one of the newest residents of Chelsea’s Leonard Florence Center for Living’s new McDonald ALS House. A group of benefactors recently gifted $5 million to LFCFL and a promise to raise $12.5 million over 20 years, allowing a new ALS home to be constructed and opened this month.

Mike Robbins, 60, of New York City is one of the newest residents
of Chelsea’s Leonard Florence Center for Living’s new McDonald ALS House. A group of benefactors recently gifted $5 million to LFCFL and a promise to raise $12.5 million over 20 years, allowing a new ALS home to be constructed and opened this month.

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Slander Suit:Wynn Calls for Boston to Stop ‘campaign of Falsehoods,’ or Else…

A noted attorney from California, who has represented casino developer Steve Wynn in previous successful slander suits, has called on the City of Boston to stop spreading lies about Wynn’s actions in Boston and to apologize for the conduct.

If they don’t, the attorney indicated that a slander suit is not out of the question.

In a letter to Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, Boston Corporate Counsel Gene O’Flaherty and Attorney Tom Frongillo, California Attorney Barry Langberg informed Boston that its amended lawsuit is more like a public relations piece than a real suit. The letter also took umbrage to the subpoenas that were issued by Boston last week alleging Wynn used private investigators to gain unauthorized access to police files.

“The purpose of this letter is to urge you to cease your campaign of falsehoods against my client and to apologize for the irreparable damage you have already caused,” wrote Langberg. “The amended complaint…, much more a public relations piece than a legal document, contained a number of false statements and untrue innuendo about Wynn. Of course, it was provided to the media at the earliest moment. Not satisfied with the damage caused to Wynn by the amended complaint, you now have issued subpoenas, again carefully worded with falsehoods for public relations effect. These subpoenas were provided to the press even before they were served. The false statements in these documents are extremely damaging to Wynn.”

Boston said it disputed the letter and stands by the amended suit.

“We dispute the assertions in the letter and we firmly stand behind the allegations in the amended complaint,” said Laura Oggeri, a spokesperson for the City of Boston.

One major complaint cited in the Wynn letter regarding the subpoenas was that private investigators working for Wynn gained unauthorized access to police files. Langberg also cited a statement in one of the subpoenas about a meeting that allegedly occurred involving Wynn employees who discussed the ownership interest of a known felon in the land being purchased by Wynn in Everett.

“This statement is false,” read the letter. “Wynn did not employ the named investigators and Wynn has no knowledge of anyone obtaining improper access to police files. The language of your subpoena was not typical legal wording but instead was designed to spread vicious falsehoods…No such discussion ever took place and the suggestion that Wynn employees knew of and discussed such ownership interest is false and defamatory.”

The letter comes on the week that a major hearing on Boston’s lawsuit is to take place in Suffolk Superior Court – on July 9. That suit, against the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC), could face several fates before a judge in the Business Litigation Division.

However, it could also lead to a defamation of character suit from Wynn, the letter intimated.

“You have conducted yourselves with reckless disregard for the truth because you somehow feel your actions are immune from accountability,” read the letter. “Such is not the case. Massachusetts law does not protect individuals – even public officials – from defamation liability for providing falsehoods to the media, even when they attempt to insulate themselves by disseminating the falsehoods in the form of legal documents…Furthermore, your actions have even exposed the City of Boston to liability.”

Eight citations of case law were provided to back up that point.

Langberg has successfully won a defamation case in 2012 for Steve Wynn in Los Angeles. That case was against Joe Francis, who founded the ‘Girls Gone Wild’ video company. Francis had been publicly saying that Wynn had sent him threatening e-mails about a gambling debt. He said as much in an interview with ‘Good Morning America,’ which was a key part of the case.

A jury awarded Wynn $20 million in the case.

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ALS Walk Planned for September 28

ALS Walk Planned for September 28

C1Last week, KISS 108’s Matt Siegel kicked off the 6th annual ALS & MS Walk for Living, which will be held Sept. 28 at the Leonard Florence Center on Admiral’s Hill in Chelsea. The Center features the first specialized ALS and MS residences in the country, enabling the residents to live active and independent lives. Siegel will emcee this year’s walk.

Also kicking off the walk with Siegel was Jack Geilfuss, the face behind this year’s walk. Jack was diagnosed with MS while in college and moved into the Leonard Florence Center shortly after it opened. Steve Saling, another resident, is an architect who helped design the Center when he was diagnosed with ALS eight years ago.


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