Resorts World Las Vegas Asks for Dismissal of Controversial Lawsuit
Resorts World Las Vegas (RWLV) and its former president, Scott Sibella, are hoping to find a court's help in getting it out of an ongoing legal headache. They have formally responded to a federal lawsuit filed by Robert "RJ" Cipriani, urging a US District Court judge to dismiss the case.
RWLV Continues Fighting Legal Battles
Cipriani's lawsuit alleges that Sibella and the resort overlooked information about felons illegally gambling at the casino. Sibella, who departed Resorts World in September due to policy violations, and the resort argue for the dismissal of the six-count lawsuit. The Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) previously investigated allegations against Sibella, finding them unfounded in February.
Cipriani wants unspecified compensatory and punitive damages from RWLV, citing negligence, civil conspiracy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Resorts World's attorney, Tamara Peterson, claims Cipriani has a history of inappropriate behavior at casinos, while Sibella's attorney, J. Colby Williams, contends that Cipriani "has an inflated view of his place on the world stage."
Cipriani's attorney, Marshall Cole, maintains that the motions to dismiss aim to divert attention from the case's core issues. He believes the court will issue a ruling within a month.
One Headache After Another
In a drawn-out legal saga surrounding RWLV, which began soon after it opened, Brandon Sattler, a high roller involved in a separate RWLV case, levied allegations against the casino and its former president. Sattler's claims against Sibella include accusations of wrongdoing at the Strip establishment, including working with convicted illegal gamblers.
However, a pivotal development in the case emerged when the NGCB conducted an investigation into the allegations and concluded that Sibella had not committed any wrongdoing. The NGCB's findings essentially exonerated Sibella from the charges, indicating that he had adhered to the necessary regulations and policies during his tenure.
Despite the NGCB's decision, Cipriani has been on a mission to discredit the casino and Sibella, even going so far as to use "Robin Hood" as a nickname. He has been the subject of several criminal cases related to the casino, including being charged with robbery and larceny in November of 2022. Prosecutors later dropped the charges.
This sustained legal pursuit suggests a persistent effort by Cipriani to cast doubt on the casino and its former president, even after regulatory authorities found no basis for the allegations.