FILE -- This file image released by Suffolk Downs on Dec. 3 2013 shows a conceptual design of a proposed casino development by Mohegan Sun on the parcel of Suffolk Downs thoroughbred racetrack in Revere, Mass. A large voter turnout is expected Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, for a referendum to decide whether Mohegan Sun can move forward with its proposal to build the $1.3 billion resort casino. (AP Photo/Suffolk Downs, File)
This file image released by Suffolk Downs on Dec. 3 2013 shows a conceptual design of a proposed casino development by Mohegan Sun on the parcel of Suffolk Downs thoroughbred racetrack in Revere, Mass.
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A lawsuit over secret meetings held between Mohegan Sun and leaders at Suffolk Downs racetrack during Mohegan’s exclusivity deal with the city of Palmer could be used to paint the casino industry as untrustworthy, The Boston Globe reports.

According to the report, officials from the casino and the racetrack met two weeks before Mohegan Sun asked Palmer to end their exclusivity, an issue of timing that could be politically useful by casino opponents.

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“This is going to bring up the factor of trust with voters as they think about the veracity of the gaming companies,” said Anthony Cignoli, a Springfield political strategist who has closely followed the development of the state’s casino industry. “If I were the casino opponents, I would run with this.”

State voters will decide in November whether to ban casinos from Massachusetts, three years after state lawmakers authorized up to three gambling resorts and one slot parlor in the state.

You can read the full Boston Globe report here.