LAS VEGAS -- A jury has awarded a Hong Kong businessman a $70 million judgment against Las Vegas Sands Corp., the casino giant run by billionaire Sheldon Adelson.
Richard Suen claimed he was owed up to $328 million for helping the Las Vegas-based company secure a lucrative gambling license in Macau, the only place in China where casino gambling is legal.
"I just took my stand and tried to tell the truth," Suen said. "I guess they believed me,"
Suen says he was hired by the Las Vegas Sands to curry favor with the Chinese government in the early 2000s 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.
"Every jury that's looked at this has concluded that Mr. Suen and his colleagues have performed a valuable service for the Sands in helping it get the gaming license, which has proved so lucrative for them," said John O'Malley, Suen's attorney.
The eight-person Clark County District Court jury deliberated for two full days before returning the award Tuesday.
(Associated Press contributed to this report.)