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July 2012 Archives

Trial opens over failed Wayne Newton 'Graceland West' museum

The lawsuit between legendary Las Vegas performer Wayne Newton and the company that had planned to convert his estate into a public museum dedicated to the singer's career began on July 30 with Newton's attorney asking for extra security in the courtroom. The attorney told the judge that representatives of the plaintiff, development company CSD LLC, had threatened Newton, his wife and a business partner during a prior argument over the fallout of the failed museum project.

Wrongful death case against Caesars dropped by federal judge

Las Vegas-based Caesars Entertainment Corp. will not have to defend itself in litigation that alleges a Harrah's casino employee died of leukemia because of on-the-job smoke exposure. A federal judge recently dismissed the wrongful death suit, which she said should have been pursued as a workers' compensation claim.

Data theft, sexual harassment among charges in Palms litigation

Palms Casino Resort, a mainstay of the Las Vegas Strip, is suing a former host for allegedly stealing confidential company information about thousands of high roller customers by sending the information to her personal email account. For her part, the former employee is suing Palms for retaliatory termination after she was fired two days after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor.

International casino machine dispute reaches Las Vegas court

A new lawsuit alleging fraud and unfair competition in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas involves two baccarat machine makers involves a local company and a Canadian competitor who got into a dispute at a trade show in China. In this international legal dispute, Las Vegas-based Shuffle Master Inc. is accused of spreading misinformation about LT Game International Ltd. to local casinos to hurt the latter company's sales after the confrontation.

Nevada Supreme Court reverses $3.5M slip and fall ruling

The judge in a slip and fall lawsuit filed against a Las Vegas restaurant made an error in how he instructed the jury prior to deliberations, the Nevada Supreme Court recently ruled. Based on that error, the state's top court sent the case back to the trial court, throwing out the $3.5 million judgment granted to the plaintiff by the original jury.

Lawsuits filed against Las Vegas casino over ATM fees

A Las Vegas ATM operator is fending off a trio of lawsuits claiming that its ATM machines at Planet Hollywood casino and hotel charge fees without warning users. The suits, which are seeking class-action status, are not the first to be filed against the ATM company based on this claim. Another defendant casino has accused one of the plaintiffs of acting in bad faith.

U.S. Bank settles lawsuits over overdraft fees for $55M

U.S. Bank has reached an agreement with plaintiffs from a series of lawsuits against the banking giant to settle accusations that it improperly calculated debit card and ATM transactions to drive up overdraft fees. If approved by the federal judge overseeing the case, the company will pay $55 million in the agreement. The settlement is the latest in a series of similar complex business litigation involving many of the nation's largest banks, which has locations in Nevada.

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