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Arguments In Wynn-Okada Legal Battle Focus On Release Of Records
November 4, 2015

CARSON CITY — Another chapter in the three-year legal battle between Wynn Resorts and Japanese businessman Kazuo Okada was played out before the Nevada Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Todd L. Bice, attorney for Wynn, asked the court to throw out a district court ruling that it must turn over 78 records in the pre-trial maneuvering of both sides.

Bice said there was “no factual basis” on the ruling by District Judge Elizabeth Goff Gonzalez that these records must be given to lawyers for Okada. Bice argued that there is no relevance of these records to the existing case in which Okada maintains he was forced out of the company and that his 20 percent stock was purchased at a discount rate.

Bice argued that Okada and his lawyers have a “vivid imagination” in asking for these records that are not tied to the pending suit.

But Stephen Peek, attorney for Okada, told the court the records may show that Okada was forced out of the company to protect Steve Wynn. He argued that Gonzalez has handled the suit for three years and was familiar with which records should be submitted to Okada’s lawyers.

“She (Judge Gonzalez) should not be denied for doing her job,” said Peek.

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