Bloomberg Law
May 20, 2022, 4:36 PMUpdated: May 20, 2022, 9:30 PM

Steve Wynn Settles Libel Suit Against Lisa Bloom’s Law Firm (1)

Patrick Dorrian
Patrick Dorrian

Former Wynn Resorts Ltd. CEO Steve Wynn agreed to dismiss his lawsuit accusing attorney Lisa Bloom and her law firm of defaming him in a press release that said Wynn ordered female show performers to present themselves in a more sexually appealing way, Nevada federal court records show.

The parties filed a stipulation of dismissal with prejudice in the April 2018 case with the US District Court for the District of Nevada on Thursday. Each side will “bear its own attorneys’ fees and costs,” the stipulation said.

“Per the terms of the settlement, Ms. Bloom will be issuing a public statement within 5 days of the dismissal of the action, which will acknowledge a retraction of the defamatory statement,” Todd L. Bice of Pisanelli Bice PLLC, who represents Wynn, told Bloomberg Law on Friday. “The financial terms of the payment to Mr. Wynn are confidential.”

Counsel for Bloom didn’t immediately respond Friday to Bloomberg Law’s requests for details.

The development comes more than a year after the full US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit declined to take another look at the case. A three-judge panel of the court in March 2021 rejected Bloom and her firm’s bid to overturn a district court ruling that the case could go forward.

“Wynn has demonstrated a genuine dispute of material fact as to whether Bloom Defendants acted with actual malice in publishing the Press Release,” the panel said.

The press release was issued March 22, 2018, after published reports accused Wynn of a decadelong pattern of sexual misconduct. He relinquished his role as CEO in February 2018 and Wynn Resorts was fined $20 million by Nevada gaming regulators for failing to investigate or act on the allegations.

But according to Wynn’s suit, Bloom and her firm chose to publish the press release despite learning that none of the alleged witnesses it cited could confirm he had a hand in instructing female performers to present themselves more provocatively. They also allegedly didn’t adequately investigate the allegations against him.

Bloom is the daughter of famed women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred and advised movie mogul Harvey Weinstein when he was accused of workplace and other sexual misconduct.

Peterson Baker PLLC and Pisanelli Bice represent Wynn. Randazza Legal Group PLLC represents Bloom and her firm.

The case is Wynn v. Bloom, D. Nev., No. 2:18-cv-00609, stipulation of dismissal 5/19/22.

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