The verdict is in: Las Vegas Sands (LVS) has to fork over $70 million in past due fees and accrued interest to one-time consultant and Hong Kong businessman Richard Suen for his role in getting LVS into the Macau gaming market at the start of the decade after two days of jury deliberations.
This judgment was the second time a court has ordered LVS to pay up their former consultant; the earlier ruling in 2008, for $43.8 million, was later overturned by the Nevada Supreme Court. Looks like LVS needs just paid up then; now they need to spend nearly dual to account for amassed fascination with the interim.
The suit that is current off early this year, and ran for months before closing arguments were finally made in May. The suit has had lots of newsworthy drama, including testimony from both Sheldon Adelson, the notorious LVS chairman, and his former company president William Weidner; between these two, apparently no love has become lost. Weidner left the LVS brand four years ago, and testified at the latest hearing that Adelson’s pugilistic nature, even during their original trial against Suen in 2008, was ‘injurious to relationships with China.’ You might not discern that through the LVS Asia spreadsheets, but Weidner nonetheless says he ‘lost confidence’ in their former boss’s decision-making abilities at that point.
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