A U.S. judge said she won’t unseal confidential documents that could reveal business ties between Las Vegas Sands and Chinese triad gangs.
District Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez, hearing a wrongful dismissal case involving former senior Sands China executive Steven Jacobs, said the reports contained sensitive commercial and gaming information that shouldn’t be made public, according to media reports.
But the judge also said she was not cutting off the three separate groups that want what‘s known as the Vickers Reports made public.
The publisher of U.K. newspaper, The Guardian, the Campaign for Accountability, a new nonprofit watchdog organization, and UNITE HERE, a hospitality union group, asked for the records to be made public.
Jacobs is the former president and CEO of Sands China. He filed the wrongful termination lawsuit shortly after he was fired in 2010.