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September 24, 2021

By Steven Jacobs, ex CEO of the company

Las Vegas Sands must face suit over firing

(Macau).- Las Vegas Sands must face a lawsuit by the former top executive of its Chinese unit over his firing, a Nevada judge ruled. State court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez in Las Vegas rejected the company’s request to dismiss the suit by Steven Jacobs.


he former CEO of Sands China claims the company breached his employment contract. Lawyers for Las Vegas Sands argued the case should be heard in China, where the company operates casinos in Macau.

Las Vegas Sands “controlled Jacobs’s employment in every manner,” Don Campbell, a lawyer for Jacobs, told Gonzalez at a hearing while arguing that the case should be heard in her court.

Jacobs contends in court filings that he was fired after clashing with billionaire Sheldon Adelson, the chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands. Jacobs claims the disputes centered on his resistance to alleged demands by Adelson to commit acts that might violate U.S. law, according to the filings.

Lawyers for the casino company countered in their own filings that Jacobs was dismissed for working on unauthorized deals and violating company policy.

Ron Reese, a spokesman for Las Vegas Sands, declined to comment today the judge’s decision.

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