Wynn Resorts sues over casino design
A new casino project expected to dot the landscape of the Las Vegas Strip is already being criticized and it hasn’t even opened its doors. The Resorts World casino proposed by Malaysia-based Genting Group is facing a lawsuit by Wynn Resorts over what the latter calls a copy of its casino, adding that it “misleads” the public.
According to lawyers with Wynn Resorts, the design of the casino is similar to that of Wynn’s and its proximity to Wynn could cause confusion among gamblers. In reality, the only similarities are that they are both casinos.
In the lawsuit, Wynn states, “The architectural design embodied in defendant’s Resorts World Las Vegas hotel and casino is substantially similar to plaintiff’s registered copyrighted architectural work, and therefore defendant is violating plaintiff’s copyrights in addition to plaintiff’s registered and common law trade dress.”
Resorts World Las Vegas is a $4-billion casino project that is expected to be built across from both the Wynn and Encore Resorts. It was approved by Nevada gaming regulators two years ago and was expected to be ready to go by the third quarter of last year. However, it has met with a number of issues that have caused Genting to delay the opening until 2020 at the earliest.
Wynn Resorts is still recovering from the scandal created by its founder and former CEO, Steve Wynn. He resigned earlier this year over sexual misconduct allegations and the company has had to answer to a number of lawsuits stemming from his actions. Looking at the two casinos side by side, it’s apparent that either the company’s lawyers are getting paid by the lawsuit, or they have too much free time on their hands.