Nevada justices hear arguments in casino company Macau case

AP News
Posted: Jan 26, 2016 7:40 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The question of whether casino magnate Sheldon Adelson's company has to pay a $70 million judgment to a Hong Kong businessman for helping to secure business in Macau is now before the Nevada Supreme Court.

Justices made no immediate ruling Tuesday after arguments in Las Vegas in a closely contested 12-year-old case.

Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz argued the case for Sands, which is appealing jury awards granted to Richard Suen after trials in 2008 and 2013.

Suen's attorneys argued the juries got it right, both times.

Suen contends that meetings he arranged with Chinese officials helped Las Vegas Sands Corp. get approval to build lucrative casinos on the Cotai Peninsula.

Adelson contends Suen didn't help and deserves nothing.

Adelson's family recently bought the local Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper.