LAS VEGAS, April 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Caesars Entertainment Corporation announced today that U.S. District Court Judge James Mahan has dismissed all claims filed by the operators of Poetry nightclub against Caesars Palace, Simon Property Group and associated defendants.
The plaintiffs had alleged that Caesars Palace and Simon Property Group had unlawfully restricted access to Poetry, which operated in The Forum Shops at Caesars, because Poetry had a predominantly African-American clientele. The court disagreed with the plaintiffs and ruled in favor of Caesars Palace and Simon Property Group.
"We are pleased that after a weeklong trial during which all parties presented their evidence, Judge Mahan found every allegation of discrimination against Caesars and SPG was without merit," said Gary Selesner, president of Caesars Palace. "The ruling is an affirmation of our long-standing commitments to diversity and to providing guests from all walks of life with great service and entertainment."
Simon Property Group, Inc. is an S&P 500 company and the largest real estate company in the U.S. The company currently owns or has an interest in 392 retail real estate properties comprising 263 million square feet of gross leasable area in North America, Europe and Asia. Simon Property Group owns and operates The Forum Shops at Caesars. Simon Property Group is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, and employs more than 5,000 people worldwide. The Company's common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol SPG. For further information, visit the Simon Property Group website at www.simon.com.
Caesars Entertainment Corporation is the world's largest casino-entertainment company. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, more than 73 years ago, Caesars has grown through development of new resorts, expansions and acquisitions and now operates casinos on four continents. The company's resorts operate primarily under the Caesars®, Harrah's® and Horseshoe® brand names. Caesars also owns the World Series of Poker® and the London Clubs International family of casinos. Caesars is focused on building loyalty and value with its guests through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence and technology leadership. We are committed to environmental sustainability and energy conservation and recognize the importance of being a responsible steward of the environment. For more information, please visit www.caesars.com.
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