Jury reaches verdict in Las Vegas Sands case

Hannah Dreier, Associated Press
Jury sides with businessman in Vegas Sands lawsuit

FILE - This Aug. 28, 2007 file photo shows the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Macau. Las Vegas Sands Corp., the U.S. gambling company controlled by billionaire Sheldon Adelson, which owned the Venetian resort, is being sued for $328 million over the way it won a lucrative gaming license in the Asian casino hub. Nine years of litigation between a Hong Kong businessman and casino mogul Adelson is drawing to a close. Attorneys began closing arguments Thursday in the dispute between Las Vegas Sands and a fixer who says he helped the casino giant win a license in the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Las Vegas jury has reached a verdict in a Hong Kong businessman's breach-of-contract lawsuit against the Las Vegas Sands, potentially bringing nine years of litigation to an end.

Richard Suen sued the casino giant run by multibillionaire Sheldon Adelson for $328 million in 2004. He says the company owed him for his help securing a lucrative gambling license in the Chinese territory of Macau, the only place in that country where casino gambling is legal.

Suen says he was hired by the Las Vegas Sands to curry favor with the Chinese government and was successful.

Las Vegas Sands attorneys argued Suen was owed nothing because he didn't make good on his promise to aid company executives in 2000 and 2001.

The Clark County District Court jury deliberated for about two days before reaching a consensus Tuesday. It is expected to be announced soon.