ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 4, 2011-- Below is a statement from Hard
Rock International regarding the recent complaint filed by the Nevada
State Gaming Control Board against the operator of the Hard Rock Hotel
& Casino Las Vegas.
- Hard Rock International, Inc. has been made aware of a
complaint filed by the Nevada State Gaming Control Board against the
operator of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, in which it is
alleged that various employees and agents of that property have engaged
in certain illegal acts.
- The conduct described in the complaint is wholly at odds
with our corporate policies and contrary to the values our world-famous
Hard Rock brand embodies.
- No employee or agent of Hard Rock International has
anything whatsoever to do with the allegations made by the Nevada State
Gaming Control Board in its complaint.
- Hard Rock International has no operational involvement in
the business of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.
- The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas property is
owned by a group of different companies and is operated independently
of all U.S. properties owned or franchised by Hard Rock International,
including all of our Hard Rock Cafe restaurants, as well as hotel or
hotel/casino properties located in San Diego,
Chicago, Biloxi, Orlando,
Tampa and Hollywood, Florida.
- In September 2010, months
before becoming aware of the allegations contained in the State Gaming
Control Board's complaint, Hard Rock International filed a lawsuit in
federal court in New York seeking to
terminate the ability of the Las Vegas
property to use our company's Hard Rock trademarks. Our lawsuit
was prompted in part by our concerns about conduct similar to what is
described in the Gaming Control Board's complaint. That lawsuit
is currently pending.