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Opening statements begin in Las Vegas Sands trial

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HANNAH DREIER | April 3, 2013 12:34 PM EST | AP


LAS VEGAS — Lawyers begin opening statements Wednesday in the dispute between Las Vegas Sands and a Hong Kong businessman who once consulted for the casino giant.

Attorneys for Richard Suen say Sands owes him $328 million for his help winning a gambling license in the Chinese enclave of Macau.

Sands attorneys say Suen is owed nothing. The casino argues that officials in Macau, not Beijing, decide which companies to license.

Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson is expected to testify Thursday.

It's the second time this fight has played out in a Clark County court. A jury decided in Suen's favor in 2008, but the Nevada Supreme Court overturned the verdict in 2010. Among other things, the Supreme Court said the district judge shouldn't have allowed hearsay statements during the trial.

Suen filed the lawsuit in 2004 after failing to reach a compensation agreement with Sands.