Former Sands executive takes dismissal case to U.S. Federal Court

A former Sands executive is asking a federal court in Nevada to rule on the continuing legal battle over his 2010 dismissal as head of operations of the Macau-based casino, according to local media.

The lawsuit, filed on Jan. 29 in a U.S. District Court in Las Vegas seeks for unspecified damages on the question of whether former sands CEO Steven Jacobs, was hired in 2009 as an employee of Las Vegas Sands Corp. or was responsible to a corporate subsidiary, Venetian Macau.

Jacobs contends he was wrongfully terminated by Las Vegas Sands “in an attempt to cover up a host of improper activities which Jacobs has outlined in other litigation and to government regulators,” according to the federal court filing.

However, Las Vegas Sands spokesman Ron Reese said the question had been raised before, and dismissed, in a Nevada state court lawsuit . Reese called Jacobs’ legal move as “procedural sleight of hand.”

Jacobs’ attorneys led by James Pisanelli and Todd Bice have accused Las Vegas Sands of trying to shift responsibility in the case to Venetian Macau in order to shield Adelson and Las Vegas Sands from liability.

Boths Sands China and Las Vegas Sands Corp. are being sued by Jacobs.