OJ Simpson is Filing a Defamation Lawsuit Against LV Hotel-Casino

Not long ago, OJ Simpson stepped back into the public spotlight by creating his own Twitter account. He’s making headlines once again this week by going after one of Las Vegas’ most popular hotel-casinos. Today, we’re going to look at exactly why Simpson is filing a defamation lawsuit against the Cosmopolitan Casino-Resort.

OJ Simpson In Court

Simpson is no stranger to high-profile lawsuits. It’s interesting to now see the controversial former athlete seeking damages for defamation. Here’s what we know about this situation.

The Cosmopolitan’s Allegations Against Simpson

Back in July of 2017, OJ Simpson was granted parole after spending nine years in prison for armed robbery and kidnapping. In October of that year, he was officially released. Just one month later, he was kicked out of the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Officials within the Cosmopolitan claim that Simpson was “drunk and unruly” at a hotel bar. TMZ quickly posted a picture of him being escorted out of the hotel surrounded by security.

Not long after this news broke, Simpson and his lawyers quickly denied the allegations. Malcolm Lavergne, OJ’s lawyer, commented on the hotel’s claims to the media.

“The casino itself, they won’t comment on why they banned Mr. Simpson which I projected that they would do, but they were just saying these were wild reports. So everything other than Mr. Simpson being trespassed from property are just false. They just exercised their right to ban him,” Lavergne said.

Eventually, this story was forgotten about. Simpson seemed to have disappeared from the public spotlight. This week, OJ Simpson decided to officially file a lawsuit over this whole situation.

OJ Simpson is Now Filing a Lawsuit Against the Cosmopolitan

As we mentioned earlier, the Cosmopolitan is one of the most popular and lucrative hotel-casinos in Las Vegas. It’s home to many incredible bars that Simpson was known to frequent. Claims that OJ was drunk and unruly are completely untrue, according to a new lawsuit.

OJ Simpson has now filed a defamation lawsuit against Nevada Property 1 LLC, which owns the Cosmopolitan. He’s claiming that he was never given a reason for being kicked out of the venue. He’s denying the allegations that any hotel property was destroyed.

“To date, the Cosmopolitan has never issued any public rationale or reasoning for trespassing Simpson from the property, other than claiming it was ‘private’ property the night of the issuance of the trespass notice,” Simpson’s complains says. 

The former athlete is now asking for $30,000 in compensation. He’s also requested unspecified punitive damages and attorney’s fees.

We’ll need to wait and see how this lawsuit plays out over the next few months.

Cosmopolitan Owners Continue to Purchase LV Property

The Cosmopolitan is the most expensive hotel-casino ever constructed in Las Vegas. It first opened in 2010 and has gained a reputation as one of the hippest, most popular venues in the city. Over the years, ownership of this property has switched hands.

In 2014, The Cosmopolitan was officially sold to the Blackstone Group for $1.73 billion. Recently, this company has acquired several major Las Vegas Strip properties.

Just last month, MGM Resorts International sold the Bellagio Hotel & Casino to the Blackstone Group for $4.2 billion. It was the largest property sale in Las Vegas history.

Soon, this company could also purchase the world-famous MGM Grand. Reports indicate that MGM Resorts is planning to sell this venue in order to invest more money overseas.

It’s a fascinating time in Las Vegas. Never before have so many major hotel-casinos gone for sale.

Stay tuned for more Las Vegas casino news over the next few months!

MGM Lawsuit Against CT Tribes Could Soon Be Dismissed

MGM Resorts International is currently in a heated legal fight with several Native American Tribes in Connecticut. The major casino company believes these tribes are close to holding a monopoly over the state’s casino market. This week, the US Interior Department asked for the MGM lawsuit against CT tribes to be dismissed.

Flag Of Connecticut

Today, we’re going to look at why exactly this lawsuit is taking place. We’re also going to talk about the Interior Department’s new opinion of this legal battle. Let’s get into it.

Connecticut’s Laws on Casino Gambling

Connecticut is a small state and one that’s not typically thought of as a major gambling destination. Interestingly, some of the biggest casino-resorts in the world are based here. These casinos are hugely popular and help to bring the state millions of dollars in revenue every year.

For many years, very few wagering options were available in this state. In 1983, lawmakers here approved a state lottery. Charity gambling was also legalized. Special rules were also made on bingo gambling. This game could be wagered on for $1 as long as the maximum prize does not exceed $5.

In 1988, the US government approved the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. This allows Native American Tribes to operate casinos on sovereign land. Two years prior to this law, the Mashantucket Pequot tribe opened a bingo hall on their land. By 1993, this gambling venue had slots and table games available to patrons.

Connecticut is now home to two major casino-resorts. Both are among the biggest in the world.

There are no laws in this state that explicitly ban online casino gambling. Many different online casinos in CT are now available, most of which offer a wide range of different gambling options.

MGM Lawsuit Against CT Tribes, Explained

MGM Resorts International owns many casinos all over the country. One of their top gambling destinations is in Springfield, Massachusetts. This company has recently taken legal action against the US Interior Department, the group who they believe is violating federal law and giving the Mashantucket Pequots and Mohegans an “unlawful state-conferred monopoly” on casino gambling in Connecticut.

Initially, MGM accused Connecticut of constitutional violations. The company felt the state’s no-bid approval of an East Windsor casino was made to purposely compete with MGM Springfield. The MGM lawsuit against CT tribes is now aimed at stopping the state from approving any additional casinos in the future.

“The amendments are not limited to an East Windsor casino: they facilitate commercial, off-reservation gaming by the tribal joint venture anywhere in Connecticut, and state legislators have recently proposed granting the joint venture an exclusive, no-bid license to operate a casino in Bridgeport, Connecticut,” the suit says. “The amendments thus confer a statewide, perpetual competitive advantage on the joint venture.”

Many individuals in Connecticut began pushing against this lawsuit. Several groups believe that MGM is simply trying to bully the state into submission.

This week, the US Interior Department officially requested for this lawsuit to be dismissed.

Interior Department Fights Against MGM Lawsuit

Officials in Connecticut were not going to bend to MGM’s will without putting up a fight. Andrew Doba, a spokesperson for the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribal nations partnership behind the East Windsor plan, commented on the lawsuit to the media last month.

“The choice for Connecticut policymakers can’t get any clearer,” Doba said. “We can either let a Las Vegas company that generates not one dime of revenue for the state push us around, or we can stand strong with the tribes and an industry that’s generated more than $8 billion in tax revenue and currently employs 18,000 people.”

The US Interior Department has now requested for the MGM lawsuit against CT tribes to be dismissed. The government body claims MGM is using “inapplicable legal requirements.” We’ll need to wait and see if a federal judge approves the Interior Department’s case dismissal.

The MGM lawsuit against CT tribes isn’t the only legal case this company is involved in. Recently, MGM Resorts agreed to a settlement with victims of the Las Vegas shooting.

Stay tuned for more Connecticut gambling news over the next few months!