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March 2012 Archives

Wynn shareholder joins fray over Macau University donation

We have discussed the dueling lawsuits between Wynn Resorts' founder and chairman Steven Wynn and one of the company's board members over a $135 million donation to the University of Macau several times in this blog. Now a third party has entered into litigation over the dispute.

Las Vegas venues respond to $500M karaoke trademark lawsuit

A company that produces accompaniment tracks for karaoke machines has filed a massive trademark infringement lawsuit against 99 Las Vegas casinos, bars and karaoke jockeys. The suit, filed by Slep-Tone Entertainment Corp., seeks $500 million for what the company says is the regular use of its tracks without permission.

Facebook purchases 750 patents from IBM after Yahoo lawsuit

As it prepares for a lawsuit from a fellow Internet giant, social media company Facebook has bought 750 patents from IBM for a range of tech-related products. The purchase is part of a strategy to increase the company's intellectual property and build up its bargaining power in the suit, which was filed by search engine company Yahoo. The price of the patents is not known.

Business dispute with Indian tribe must stay in tribal court

A lawsuit over a business contract between a Las Vegas real estate developer and the Hualapai Indian tribe will have to continue to be hashed out in tribal court for now, according to a March 19 ruling by a federal judge. The developer had sought to shift the litigation to U.S. federal court, but now may have to exhaust all of his appeals in the Hualapai court system before he can do so.

Civil litigation leads to criminal investigation for casino

A current legal battle between a multi-billion dollar Las Vegas casino company and a Japanese billionaire who financed the business 12 years ago also involves The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a 1977 law that makes it a crime for U.S. companies or executives to bribe foreign officials for business advantage.

Hospital denies wrongdoing in nurse/catheter issue case

Fourteen catheter lines used for delivering food and medication in a Las Vegas hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit were found severed over a period of time. In a July 2010 incident, the coroner's office ruled the death of an infant who fell victim to one of these severed lines a homicide. No one has been charged in the baby's death. Two nurses were fired over the incidents. The nurses filed litigation against the hospital on several charges, including wrongful termination.

Zappos facing class-action lawsuits over customer data hacking

Nevada-based Internet shoe company Zappos.com is facing nine class-action lawsuits in the wake of an Internet hacker attack that resulted in the information of millions of customers being stolen. The plaintiffs accuse Zappos and its parent company, online retail giant Amazon.com, of failing to protect their personal data, such as their names and phone numbers.

LDS church sues landscaping company over fire that leveled ranch

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church, is suing a Las Vegas company and accusing it of causing a fire that destroyed more than 15 buildings at a Nevada ranch owned by the church. The defendant business, Soil-Tech Inc., stood by its safety record, but stopped short of denying the church's claims.

Whittemore: Wingfield partners forced 'confessions' of fraud

Nevada businessman and one-time political player Harvey Whittemore says that statements he made that were apparent admissions of fraud were made under coercion. In a reply to a lawsuit filed against him in state court, Whittemore accuses the plaintiffs of forcing him to make the statements "under threat of death and/or bodily injury."

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