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10 N.J.A.R. 444

Marina Associates, In the Matter of the Application for a Casino License
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Citation: 10 N.J.A.R. 444
Decision Date: 1981
Agency: CASINO CONTROL COMMISSION
Synopsis: Marina Associates applied to the Casino Control Commission for a casino license. Following a hearing by the Commission, a license was issued. The Commission's decision focused on the qualificatiohs of two corporate entities: Harrah's, an intermediary company of Marina and Holiday Inns, Inc. ('HII'), the parent company of Marina. Harrah's is a wholly-owned subsidiary of HII. Regarding Harrah's, the Commission considered conduct involving the operation of casinos in Nevada and found that none of the incidents impact on qualification for licensure. The major issue in the hearing involved alleged 'sensitive payments' by HII to government officials or employees. Some of these were characterized as 'grease' payments to low-level officials in foreign jurisdictions for the purpose of encouraging them to perform their duties more expeditiously. Expert witnesses testified that such payments would not technically violate any laws. Since 1976, HII has abided by a new corporate policy regulating sensitive payments, which the Commission found has been vigorously enforced to ensure compliance with both the letter and intent of applicable laws. Therefore, because of the new corporate policy and because none of the applicant's past actions violated any laws, the sensitive payments issue was held not to reflect adversely on the good character of HII. Accordingly, the Commission concluded that the applicant had established by clear and convincing evidence its qualifications for a casino license.
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