| LOS ANGELES, March 12
LOS ANGELES, March 12 Las Vegas Sands Corp
Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson will make a rare public
appearance in a Nevada state court in early April as the lead
witness in a breach-of-contract case brought against the casino
operator by one-time consultant Richard Suen.
It will be Adelson's second appearance in the long-running
case, in which Suen claims the gaming company did not pay him $5
million as promised for arranging meetings with key China
government officials that helped pave the way for Sands' entry
to the gambling district of Macau.
A Nevada state court jury in 2008 previously ruled against
Sands, awarding Suen $43.8 million in damages, plus interest.
That judgment was overturned by the Nevada Supreme Court
three years ago due to what it deemed as errors by trial judge
Michelle Leavitt in admitting testimony by former Sands
President Bill Weidner.
In that trial, Weidner testified through a deposition that
he agreed in 2001 to pay Suen $5 million fee, plus 2 percent of
the casino revenue if his work led to securing a gaming license.
Sands currently operates four successful properties in
However, Las Vegas Sands contended Suen did nothing to earn
the money, and that the gaming company arranged its license on
Lawyers for both Suen and Sands are scheduled to argue
Sands' motion for summary judgment on March 19.
A law clerk for Clark County District Judge Rob Bare
confirmed that Adelson had been served with a summons to appear
at the trial, set to start on April 3, after jury selection the
previous week. Adelson is expected to face questioning by Suen's
attorneys on April 4.
Bare allowed Adelson to delay his appearance until after
Passover, which begins on March 26 and runs through April 2, to
allow the Sands CEO to observe the holiday.
In June 2009, the company reached a $42.5 million
settlement with three business associates who claimed they had
assisted the company in receiving a gaming concession in Macau.
The former Portuguese enclave of Macau, about an hour away
from Hong Kong by ferry and with a population of half a million,
raked in $38 billion in annual gambling revenues last year.
It is also the only place where people can
legally gamble at casinos in China.