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Judge refuses Sands' appeal of $70M jury award

Hannah Dreier, Associated Press

FILE - In this April 4, 2013 file photo, Richard Suen, left, talks with a member of his counsel during a recess in his lawsuit against the Las Vegas Sands Corp. in Clark County district court in Las Vegas. Las Vegas Sands Corp. on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 is expected to present arguments to a Nevada judge to throw out a second jury verdict awarding Suen a $70 million settlement in a breach-of-contract case and has come up with 12 reasons a district judge should grant a second retrial. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Nevada judge has denied Las Vegas Sands Corp.'s request to throw out a jury verdict awarding a former consultant $70 million in a breach-of-contract case.

Attorneys for the largest U.S. casino company presented 12 reasons the company should be granted a retrial.

After hearing a full day of arguments Tuesday, District Judge Rob Bare declined to overturn the decision a jury reached in June.

Hong Kong businessman Richard Suen says he helped Sands win a gambling license in the Chinese enclave of Macau.

Suen first sued the company, which is owned by billionaire GOP super donor Sheldon Adelson, in 2004. A jury found for him in 2008, but Sands successfully petitioned for a retrial.

Sands is expected to appeal to the state Supreme Court.