|The Chairman for Las Vegas Sands Corporation, Sheldon Adelson, has won his libel case against the Daily Mail newspaper over a 2005 article on the company's attempts to site a casino in the English city of Manchester.|
The victory in the High Court marks the end of one of the most expensive legal battles in British history and the British newspaper could now face damages and legal fees of up to eight million dollars.
The article's author, David Jones, has also agreed to apologise for the piece, which vilified Adelson and his company in the wake of a proposed casino next to Manchester United Football Club’s Old Trafford stadium. The newspaper attacked Adelson in an article headlined ‘Glazer’s Big Gamble’ and falsely accused him of being a ‘ruthless casino baron’ as well as using ‘cut-throat’ business practices, bribing politicians and seeking to divorce his wife on the eve of her cancer operation.
Adelson will receive around $200,000 in damages that he stated he would be donating to the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, which specialises in the treatment of cancer.
“The Daily Mail’s article was a wholly unwarranted attack on me and our business,” said Adelson in a statement.
“I was determined that the Daily Mail should be held accountable for telling falsehoods to its readers and for libelling us in the most egregious way. I am delighted that we have been fully vindicated and that the Mail has recognised that the allegations it made are utterly false.
“My motivation throughout has not been to win damages, but simply to vindicate my reputation through an honest acceptance of the facts by the Daily Mail. Finally, after almost three years, they agreed to do so.”