Another Month, Another Lawsuit: Maybe the Gambling Industry in Massachusetts Will Just Destroy Itself

From the excellent Mark Arsenault of the Globe, we learn of another lawsuit (to be filed tomorrow) in the great stampede for casino gambling licenses in Massachusetts.

This time the aggrieved party is a jilted Palmer landowner. ¬†And the claim is that casino developer Mohegan Sun, after entering into a contract to locate a casino on Palmer land, engaged in “secret talks” with Suffolk Downs about locating a casino there instead, then intentionally ran a “lackluster” campaign in Palmer for the necessary approval of its voters. In November, Palmer voters rejected the casino proposal, and now the landowner is preparing to sue Mohegan Sun for breach of contract.

This brings to at least three the number of lawsuits to which the casino industry, itself not yet born (no casino has opened and no license has even been awarded), has given birth. In addition to the Palmer litigation, casino developer Caesars Entertainment is suing Gaming Commission chairman Steve Crosby over a claimed conflict of interest, and casino backers are seeking to keep the entire question of casino gambling from being put to the voters in the November statewide election.

All this contentiousness somehow brings to mind the image of the mythological Ouroboros, the serpent that destroys itself by eating its own tail.


(We can dream, can’t we?)