Vegas Sands-Macau dealmaker settle 15-year case


LAS VEGAS – A settlement Thursday ended a 15-year breach-of-contract battle between Las Vegas Sands Corp. and a Hong Kong businessman who helped the U.S. firm open its first on line casino within the Chinese language playing enclave of Macau.

Richard Suen, his attorneys and attorneys for Sands mentioned the settlement, reached after in the future of testimony within the third trial within the case, prohibited them from disclosing phrases.

However Suen emerged from a Las Vegas courtroom telling The Related Press that the battle he waged since 2004 was “price it” for what he known as “the sense of justice.”

Suen had no written contract, however maintained he was promised a $5 million “success charge” if Sands obtained a Macau license, plus 2 per cent of Sands’ Macau earnings over the 18-year lifetime of the corporate on line casino license. Las Vegas Sands now owns 5 profitable properties in Macau.

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FILE - In this May 25, 2012 file photo, Sands Casino complex is lit up in Macau. Jurors considering how much a Hong Kong businessman should receive from Las Vegas Sands Corp. for help opening its first casino in Macau 15 years ago are seeing videotaped testimony from ailing billionaire Sands chief Sheldon Adelson. Attorneys for Sands argue that Richard Suen should get a fraction of the $347 million he's seeking in a long-fought breach-of-contract lawsuit. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

FILE – On this Could 25, 2012 file picture, Sands On line casino complicated is lit up in Macau. Jurors contemplating how a lot a Hong Kong businessman ought to obtain from Las Vegas Sands Corp. for assist opening its first on line casino in Macau 15 years in the past are seeing videotaped testimony from ailing billionaire Sands chief Sheldon Adelson. Attorneys for Sands argue that Richard Suen ought to get a fraction of the $347 million he is searching for in a long-fought breach-of-contract lawsuit. (AP Photograph/Vincent Yu, File)

LAS VEGAS – A settlement Thursday ended a 15-year breach-of-contract battle between Las Vegas Sands Corp. and a Hong Kong businessman who helped the U.S. firm open its first on line casino within the Chinese language playing enclave of Macau.

Richard Suen, his attorneys and attorneys for Sands mentioned the settlement, reached after in the future of testimony within the third trial within the case, prohibited them from disclosing phrases.



However Suen emerged from a Las Vegas courtroom telling The Related Press that the battle he waged since 2004 was “price it” for what he known as “the sense of justice.”

Suen had no written contract, however maintained he was promised a $5 million “success charge” if Sands obtained a Macau license, plus 2 per cent of Sands’ Macau earnings over the 18-year lifetime of the corporate on line casino license. Las Vegas Sands now owns 5 profitable properties in Macau.

Suen’s lawyer John O’Malley, advised jurors Wednesday that Suen and his firm, Spherical Sq. Co., ought to get virtually $347 million for introducing Adelson and Sands executives to key Chinese language officers with affect to grant a coveted Macau playing license.



Las Vegas Sands Corp. attorneys Richard Sauber, left, and James Jimmerson, right, confer Thursday, March 14, 2019, in a Las Vegas courtroom before announcing a mid-trial settlement of a 15-year breach-of-contract battle Hong Kong businessman Richard Suen. Attorneys said the agreement prohibited them from disclosing financial terms. Suen helped Las Vegas Sands open its first casino in the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau in 2004. (AP Photo/Ken Ritter)

Las Vegas Sands Corp. attorneys Richard Sauber, left, and James Jimmerson, proper, confer Thursday, March 14, 2019, in a Las Vegas courtroom earlier than saying a mid-trial settlement of a 15-year breach-of-contract battle Hong Kong businessman Richard Suen. Attorneys mentioned the settlement prohibited them from disclosing monetary phrases. Suen helped Las Vegas Sands open its first on line casino within the Chinese language playing enclave of Macau in 2004. (AP Photograph/Ken Ritter)

Sands legal professional Richard Sauber countered with a $three.76 million determine, accusing Suen of abandoning Adelson and Sands to seek out different recommendation in 2001— lengthy earlier than the Sands Macau on line casino opened in 2004.

Choose Rob Naked knowledgeable jurors on Thursday of the settlement and dismissed them forward of a second day of videotaped testimony from ailing billionaire Sands chief Sheldon Adelson. Most of the 13 ladies and two males applauded. Trial had been anticipated to final till mid-April.

The corporate disclosed not too long ago that Adelson, the 85-year-old board chairman, CEO and Republican nationwide occasion donor is being handled for most cancers and has not been on the firm’s Las Vegas places of work for greater than two months.

As a result of he was not anticipated to testify in individual, jurors started seeing Adelson’s testimony from trials that led to earlier jury judgments towards Sands of $44 million in 2008 and $70 million in 2013.

The Nevada Supreme Court docket upheld trial findings that Sands was answerable for damages. However justices determined in 2016 new jury ought to hear extra proof earlier than deciding an quantity.

Sauber mentioned in courtroom Thursday the edges had reached “an amicable settlement and backbone.”

Outdoors courtroom, Suen legal professional O’Malley and Sands legal professional James Jimmerson known as it a good finish to the case.

“Though the are confidential, we’re very happy,” O’Malley advised AP. “This settlement utterly resolves the litigation. There shall be no extra appeals.”

Ron Reese, spokesman for publicly traded Sands, declined to remark.

It wasn’t instantly clear if monetary particulars could be reported to federal Securities and Change Fee regulators.

Sands additionally owns the Venetian and Palazzo resorts and Sands Expo Middle on the Las Vegas Strip, a resort in Singapore and one property in Pennsylvania.

Firm inventory closed Thursday at $59.42.

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This story corrects a reference to Las Vegas Sands legal professional James Jimmerson.