Nevada high court ruling keeps judge on Las Vegas Sands case

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Nevada Supreme Court says a state court judge will continue to handle a lawsuit headed for trial involving billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and a former Sands China Ltd. chief executive.

The ruling issued Wednesday is a blow to Sands and Adelson, whose lawyers argued that Clark County District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez had a conflict of interest and should be removed.

It comes with trial scheduled June 27 in a case poised to air boardroom decisions about how Las Vegas Sands developed its lucrative interests in the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau.

The high court upheld a supervising judge’s ruling that Gonzalez didn’t exhibit bias by answering questions for a January story in Time magazine about Adelson’s family’s purchase of the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper.