ibbons said Monday he's not sure whether the May 21 meeting will budge the two parties in the us$ 492 million dispute between MGM Mirage and Perini Building Co. "That's what our legal counsel is reviewing right now, to see whether or not the state does have any authority in this," Gibbons told The Associated Press. "I'm not sure we do - I'm not sure there's anything we can do but we want to bring the parties together and resolve it."
Perini has filed a lien and a lawsuit against MGM Mirage in Clark County and wrote Gibbons last week to request the meeting. On Sunday, the contractor bought a two-page ad in the state's largest newspaper to publicly recount its complaint.
MGM Mirage executives have said the company owes less than what Perini claims, and it plans to respond to Perini in court. Its spokesman Alan Feldman said Monday that Perini gave its final bill to MGM Mirage last week and has ignored the casino company's claim for negligence at the Harmon Hotel. The Harmon tower had to be delayed and shortened because of problems with its reinforcing steel.
"These matters are before an impartial third-party and will be resolved in due course," Feldman said. "Any attempts by Perini to malign the reputation of MGM Mirage is simply a distraction and can only delay an expedient resolution of our differences."
Gibbons, who is running for re-election this year, said he hopes to bring Perini and MGM Mirage together to resolve the matter outside court. It was not immediately clear whether MGM Mirage representatives would attend the meeting with Gibbons and about three of his staff members. Gibbons said it would be up to Perini to invite the casino company if it chooses.