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Resorts World Casino, operated by Genting, stands in Queens, New York, U.S. Bloomberg Photo

KUALA LUMPUR: Genting Group has resolved its legal dispute with Wynn Resorts Holdings LLC over trade dress and copyright infringement claims surrounding the design of the US$4 billion (RM16.45 billion) Resorts World Las Vegas (RWLV) project in the US.

Genting Group’s RWLV casino project had been accused of being similar in terms of the architectural design of the Wynn Resort hotel.

Genting’s unit RWLV and Wynn Resorts today jointly announced that the companies had reached a settlement agreement on the dispute.

“Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas project will be the launching point for the next generation of integrated resorts, and the aesthetics of the project will play an important role in its future success,”

“While the company believes the design to have had differences with Wynn and Encore’s once fully realised, after further consideration and conversations with the Wynn team, we have directed our design team to make several changes that will clearly differentiate the two properties,” Genting senior vice president of public affairs and development Michael Levoff said in a joint statement by RWLV and Wynn Resorts.

“This mutually beneficial settlement will allow Genting to continue to develop Resorts World Las Vegas with minimal impact to cost and the overall project timeline.”

Wynn Resorts chief communications officer Michael Weaver said its world-renowned signature architecture and design were among the elements that had built its brand’s reputation for excellence.

“Resorts World Las Vegas’ initial design had elements which had similarity to our resorts in Las Vegas, Macau and Boston. The new design changes offered by Genting will resolve the concerns we expressed about the similarity of the design.

“We welcome and look forward to Resorts World Las Vegas’ opening. Their future success will benefit all of Las Vegas,” Weaver added.

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