Maryland Live says MGM hired employees with high-roller lists

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Maryland Live casino has indicted MGM National Harbor — a soon-to-open opposition on a Potomac — of employing former Maryland Live hosts who allegedly improperly collected and defended names and hit information from their ex-employer’s private database of “high rollers.”

The 3 hosts “misappropriated Maryland Live’s trade secrets but authorisation and are regulating them to allege their interests to a wreckage of Maryland Live,” a Anne Arundel casino pronounced a lawsuit filed final week in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

Maryland Live purported that a hosts, also named in a suit, worked with some of a many desired business in a rewards program. It says dual of a hosts “misappropriated” names and hit information of players in a Chairman Club and Black Card tiers — a uppermost levels. Such players tend to peril vast amounts and accept personal courtesy and giveaway perks.

MGM Resorts and a auxiliary “aided and abetted this whole scheme, employing a particular defendants with believe that they have wasted trade secrets and are theme to No Hire/Non-Compete agreements,” Maryland Live purported in a suit, filed final week.

Woman indicted of hidden Maryland Live high-rollers list for opposition casino

In a created statement, MGM Resorts called a suit’s allegations “baseless.”

“Although it is a normal use to not criticism on tentative litigation, this lawsuit amounts to zero some-more than a thinly sheltered try to suppress a foe Maryland Live expects from MGM’s National Harbor review and to try to taint MGM’s repute in a marketplace,” a matter said.

“In addition, Maryland Live is resorting to melancholy a stream and former employees with unenforceable non-compete supplies in hopes of preventing people from operative in other states regardless of either their new practice would contest with Maryland Live,” a matter said. “The allegations in Maryland Live’s lawsuit opposite MGM National Harbor are baseless, and MGM will energetically urge opposite Maryland Live’s lawsuit.”

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With a suit, Maryland Live is seeking vague indemnification and an claim to forestall serve “breaches.”

In 2014, Maryland Live filed a fit opposite one of a VIP hosts, alleging that she copied a list of tip business before holding a pursuit during Horseshoe Casino Baltimore. Horseshoe was not named as a defendant, and a employee, Helena Wong, testified she had collected a names of 19 players in a march of her pursuit — an act she pronounced did not validate as theft.

In a stream suit, Maryland Live asks a justice to sequence “an eccentric forensics research of a personal electronic inclination (including all dungeon phones and computers) of a casino hosts to establish a border to that trade secrets have been serve wasted given their strange burglary in February.”

Maryland Live has during slightest 3,000 business who are members of several tiers in a rewards program, according to a suit.

Maryland Live had no criticism on a fit or MGM’s reply, according to a spokeswoman.

The 3 Maryland Live employees in a fit had a pretension of “executive hosts” — obliged for catering to high rollers, including arranging for party and transportation. Two were called “Asian Executive Hosts.”

Maryland Live pronounced a non-compete agreements barred a former employees from operative for a year for MGM National Harbor or any other casino within 75 miles.

MGM pronounced a employees did not violate that agreement since they were hired to work during a auxiliary in Virginia.

“The Former Employees will be employed by Destron during a earthy plcae in Virginia, some-more than 75 miles from where they worked for Maryland Live! and not in Prince George’s County, Baltimore City, or Charlestown, West Virginia,” where there are competing casinos, pronounced a Jun 23 email to Maryland Live from Nathan T.H. Lloyd, an MGM Resorts clamp boss and ubiquitous counsel. The email was trustworthy to a fit as an exhibit.

But Maryland Live pronounced in a fit that Virginia “is conveniently located tighten to MGM National Harbor, and Maryland Live!’s primary patron base. To be sure, Defendants can't set adult artificial offices to hedge noncompete agreements.”

The 3 hosts were dismissed by Maryland Live in Jan after refusing to pointer a revised agreement ruling non-compete and confidentiality terms.

Around that time, according to a suit, Maryland Live had begun an review that found that “hundreds of files were unlawfully downloaded” by dual of a hosts onto personal electronic devices.

In a Jun 1 minute to MGM, a Maryland Live profession pronounced that “we have perceived convincing information from mixed sources” that a hosts “are actively soliciting and job upon, existent Maryland Live! business on interest of MGM, and are regulating trusted and rarely exclusive information performed during their practice with Maryland Live! to serve this goal.”

On Jul 13, any of a hosts sent an email to Maryland Live confirming they were operative for Destron and observant they wouldn’t violate their agreements with Maryland Live.

“I am essay to yield assurances to Maryland Live that we do not intend to mistreat a legitimate business interests,” pronounced any of their emails, that were enclosed as exhibits in a suit.

“I have abided by and intend to reside by a post-termination supplies of a agreement,” a messages said, including confidentiality, non-compete and non-solicitation, “to a border they are legally enforceable.”

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