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September 2012 Archives

Boxers duke it out in the courtroom

There are many ways in which visitors to Las Vegas spend their time. Several times a year, a big draw is boxing matches with famous boxers headlining. While most boxers save their fighting for the ring, two men, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, have taken a disagreement to court to be determined. Things there appear to be getting just as heated as they likely would in the boxing ring.

Las Vegas Sands penalized in wrongful termination lawsuit

Las Vegas Sands has been ordered by a judge to pay $25,000 to the Legal Aid Center of Nevada, and to cover attorney's fees for a previous employee that was fired. The company owns significant casino operations in Macau, China, and it claims that the executive was fired from his position as CEO of these holdings for just cause. However, as we have previously discussed, the plaintiff in the wrongful termination lawsuit claims that he was fired for refusing to engage in improper conduct and for opposing company demands. According to the lawsuit, he wasn't able to collect on valuable stock options due to his termination by the company.

Business loan to Las Vegas nightclub subject of lawsuit

A Las Vegas nightclub mogul is suing his former partners in a club located on the Strip over a $700,000 loan he says the partners never repaid. He is seeking nearly $800,000 in damages, which would include the cost of the loan, plus interest and damages.

Shareholder lawsuit over failed Elvis casino settles for $950K

The plaintiffs in a lawsuit over a would-be casino resort dedicated to Elvis Presley have settled their litigation against the investment group that declared bankruptcy after the project failed. The group of plaintiffs, all of whom were shareholders in the company, will receive $950,000 as part of the settlement, a far cry from the $150 million in damages they originally sought.

Wynn prevails in defamation lawsuit against Joe Francis

Las Vegas-based casino mogul Steve Wynn won his lawsuit against adult video producer Joe Francis on Sep. 10. The jury in the case, in which Wynn sued Francis for defamation after the "Girls Gone Wild" founder claimed in interviews that Wynn had threatened to murder him over a gambling debt, awarded Wynn $20 million in actual and punitive damages. Francis vowed to appeal the verdict, saying that the judge should not have allowed evidence of an interview he gave on national television to be presented to the jury.

Contract dispute continues over Wayne Newton's museum and estate

The lawsuit continues over the proposed "Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah" on the 39.5 acre estate in Las Vegas where Newton lives with his wife. The management company, CSD LLC, that the Newtons have a 20 percent interest in and agreed to develop the tourist attraction with, is seeking to dissolve the company over a contract dispute. But they are locked into the partnership for now, as the judge in the case denied the request for the time being.

Mandalay Bay restaurant settles 1 employee lawsuit, faces another

Back on Feb. 17, we brought you the story of a Las Vegas Strip restaurant and the lawsuit brought against it by two former bartenders, who contended that the restaurant's manager sexually harassed them. That litigation is now over after the restaurant, RM Seafood at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, reached a financial settlement with the plaintiffs. However, the restaurant now faces a new employment law-related suit over the way it has its wait staff pool their tips.

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