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Defamation of Sheldon Adelson
"...maliciously branding Mr. Adelson as a pimp"

                                  Sheldon and Miriam Adelson

INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
July 23, 2012

LAS VEGAS - Born the son of a Boston cab driver in 1933, Sheldon Adelson's rags to riches story became the epitome of the American Dream. Today, Adelson is listed in the Forbes 400 as the eighth wealthiest American. His personal wealth is estimated to be $24.9 billion, and to the dismay of many, Adelson is a political activist.

Adelson's name first appeared on the Vegas scene as the brains behind the COMDEX computer convention that soon became Las Vegas' biggest trade show and gathering. Needing more space for his shows, Adelson bought the Sands Convention Center and in doing so offended the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor's Authority which governs the publicly owned Las Vegas Convention Center. His action caused the first of many skirmishes with local politicians who believed they had the only stronghold on our town's lucrative convention business.

Unfazed by local politics, Adelson realized he needed rooms to house his convention's attendees, so he bought the land adjacent to his private convention center that was once the site of the iconic Sands Hotel. There he built the Venetian Hotel and later the Palazzo. He also became a generous contributor to local, state, and federal political campaigns.

In 2007, Adelson opened the $2.4 billion Venetian in Macao, China.

As a life long Las Vegan, I've watched Adelson from a distance, but am most interested in his political views and philanthropic endeavors. Since going into the LV hotel business, Adelson has given free accommodations and generous monetary donations to the families and members of the United States military. Venetian and Palazzo staff are instructed to give comped military personnel and their families royal treatment.

Adelson maintains a low profile during his philanthropic efforts, and seldom have I seen his name in the local news for his charitable deeds. However, his largesse in Republican political campaigns has become the stuff of legend.

Adelson is heavily involved in the 2012 presidential election.  In 2011, Adelson was joined by fellow casino owners Donald Trump and Steve Wynn in support of GOP nominees for president. Wynn has escaped criticism for his political views. Trump has been heavily criticized for his. But so far, only Adleson has been criticized in a way that may have crossed the line of legality.

(Lewis R. Clayton is a partner in the New York law firm PAUL, WEISS, RIFKIND, WHARTON & GARRISON LLP)

I personally know the pain that being falsely accused can cause a person or his family.

Political campaigns can inspire desperate acts to discourage certain types of people from participating in the political process. Up until a precedent setting Nevada Supreme Court decision established case law on December 29,1998, public figures were usually not afforded the same protection against libel and defamation as private citizens. I am responsible for filing the lawsuit that gave public figures the right to sue those who defame them.

After reading his letter, few doubt Adelson will hesitate filing a lawsuit in the event his demands are refused. Litigation is often the only deterrent to false and malicious personal attacks during political campaigns.


Supreme Court of Nevada.


Steve MILLER, Appellant, v. Jan Laverty JONES, Respondent.

No. 29391.

December 29, 1998


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