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May 2013 Archives

Verdict in Sands Macau casino case at $102M and counting

The judge who presided over the legal dispute between Las Vegas Sands and a Hong Kong businessman has affirmed the jury's verdict against the casino. The judge upheld the $70 million in damages that the jury ordered Sands to pay and added 5.25 percent in interest, calculated daily, since the plaintiff first sued Sands in 2004.

How to protect your business from customer fraud

Many stories in the media concerning business fraud in Nevada typically depict a customer complaining that a company ripped him or her off somehow. While that may occur sometimes, business owners may become the victims of fraud themselves. For new or small businesses, money lost through deceit or theft could have a serious impact on the health of the company.

Plaintiff testifies in Donald Trump breach of contract trial

The 87-year-old plaintiff in a real estate lawsuit in another state may not have the bluster of Donald Trump, but jurors will have to weigh the testimony of both of them. The woman is accusing Trump International Hotel and Tower of breach of contract for allegedly rescinding certain financial incentives that were part of a $1 million real estate deal at the hotel.

Sands attorneys claim juror bias after losing employment suit

The high-profile litigation between Las Vegas Sands and a businessman who says he was cheated out of his reward for helping to secure a casino license in Macau ended in the plaintiff's favor on May 14. After two days of deliberation, the jury awarded the plaintiff $70 million. Meanwhile, Sands may seek a third trial in the case after alleging that at least one of the jurors was unfairly prejudiced against Sands' CEO Sheldon Adelson.

Closing arguments made in Sands employment litigation

The second round of litigation between Las Vegas Sands Corp. and a Hong Kong businessman who says he was not paid for his help in establishing a casino in Macau has gone to the jury. Attorneys for both sides delivered their closing arguments on May 9, each side summing up their version of events.

Las Vegas restaurant accused in salmonella outbreak

Nobody wants to go through salmonella infection. The typically foodborne illness can cause stomachache, vomiting, diarrhea and cramps. While usually not fatal in otherwise healthy adults, the experience is highly unpleasant. It can also be a nightmare for a restaurant or other food-based business that is accused of spreading salmonella.

Taxi strike in Las Vegas ends with new driver benefits

Back on Dec. 13, we discussed the Las Vegas taxicab drivers’ union’s vote to go on strike against the Yellow-Checker-Star company, the second-largest cab company in the city. That strike officially began in March and ended on May 2 when the two sides signed a new collective bargaining agreement. The new contract provides some gains for drivers, such as greater flexibility in hours and financial improvements.

Judge won't dismiss false imprisonment claim against Koch brother

A former employee of a mining company who is accusing the head of the company of forcibly holding him at the president's compound will have his day in court after the federal judge hearing the case declined the defendant's motion to dismiss. The defendant in the case, William Koch, is a member of the Koch family of businesspeople and political contributors. He says that the litigation is in retaliation for a fraud suit his company, Oxbow Carbon & Minerals, filed against the plaintiff previously. Koch denies participating in any kidnapping scheme.

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