Wynn Resorts Ltd. founder and chairman Steve Wynn and his ex-wife will be back in court after the company accused Elaine Wynn in a civil lawsuit of copying confidential company computer files for her personal benefit.
The company filed suit late last month in Clark County District Court seeking punitive damages as well as more than $15,000 in compensatory damages in a three-count complaint.
The lawsuit, filed March 28, accuses Elaine Wynn of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and conversion, defined as the unauthorized assumption and exercise of rights of ownership over personal property belonging to another.
The lawsuit is the latest in seven years of legal battles between the Wynns that began with Steve and Elaine Wynn’s divorce settlement and continued when Steve Wynn filed suit against his former business partner and major Wynn Resorts shareholder Kazuo Okada.
In 2012, Steve Wynn filed suit against Okada, alleging the Japanese slot machine entrepreneur of bribing Philippine gaming officials when he developed what eventually became the Okada Manila, a 993-room hotel-casino that opened in Manila in December. Okada countered with a lawsuit against both Steve and Elaine Wynn. Steve Wynn is not affiliated with the Manila project but when the lawsuit was filed, the Wynn Resorts forcibly redeemed Okada’s 20 percent stake in the company.