Las Vegas Sands case nears end after 9 years


LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nine years of litigation between a Hong Kong businessman and casino mogul Sheldon Adelson is drawing to a close.

Attorneys began closing arguments Thursday in the dispute between Las Vegas Sands and a fixer who says he helped the casino giant win a license in the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau.

The lead attorney for Richard Suen is arguing in a Las Vegas courtroom that Sands owes $328 million.

Sands attorneys say Suen is owed nothing because he failed to hand-deliver the license. Instead, Sands won it through a competitive process.

It’s the second time this fight has played out. A jury decided in Suen’s favor in 2008, but the Nevada Supreme Court overturned the verdict.

Suen filed the lawsuit in 2004 after failing to reach an agreement with Sands.

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