Elvis Presley Enterprises Sues Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino for Memorabilia

Elvis Presley Enterprises Sues Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino for Memorabilia Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc has filed a lawsuit against the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino to get back memorabilia including stage costumes, jewelry and even the King of Rock n Roll’s high school yearbook.

The items were part of “The Graceland Presents Elvis” display at the casino. The exhibition was abruptly shut down this month after less than a year despite being the largest attraction displaying Elvis memorabilia aside from his home and museums at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.

Interestingly enough, Westgate is the site of the Las Vegas Hilton and The International, where Elvis took to the stage to perform hundreds of times. Additional items on display included the tablecloth that served as the contract to perform at the casino, which he signed, and the black suit he often wore during his initial performances at the casino.

The casino is holding the items because of a dispute with the exhibit operators, Exhibit A Circle LLC, related to a default on their 10-year lease agreement.

The company says that Westgate was guilty of the first contract violation; however they would not release any further details.

On Wednesday, Elvis's estate filed a lawsuit with the Clark County District Court in Las Vegas claiming that it was not allowed access to monitor the memorabilia via security camera and has asked the court to order Westgate to release the items.

While Westgate did not release additional public statements related to the dispute, Elvis Presley Enterprises understandably also avoided commenting on the legal action but it did say that Westgate is holding its property illegally.
  • This case really is ridiculous. But I guess they know what happens in Vegas if you go and take back your own memorabilia. :p
  • I think the family have the right, but the procces until they get the items back will be long.
  • Every year I attend industry related trade shows in Las Vegas & I insist on staying at WestGate (old Hilton) because it is so convenient to just take the tram or walk over to the Exhibit Hall. While I was there in December, I noticed there were several upgrades to the North Tower where the Elvis wing is located. I don't know the ins & outs of the contract but I do know that WestGate is owned by David Siegel who is the self proclaimed "Time Share King". My room rates are still extremely reasonable, but the annoying "Time Share" sales force & their target families who are there on a free vacation tour of the property have really made my visit less enjoyable. Siegel is like the Walmart of Time Shares, he claims to be making the "vacation home" affordable for everyone". There is a documentary on Netflix "Queen of Versailles" which stars Siegel & his wife. You can get a feel for the type of business they run watching the doc. I am sure Elvis' family is going to win this dispute, it's a shame that they are even being denied in the first place.
  • They aren't seeking any money. They simply want Elvis' priceless items returned.
  • This is ridiculous really has the family of Elvis not got enough money already.

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