Crotchety Billionaire Problems: Adelson Sues Reporter for Libel

WSJ poker writer assisted with offending article

by , Feb 28, 2013 | 4:00 pm

SheldonAdelsonLas Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman Sheldon Adelson has sued a Wall Street Journal reporter for alleged libel over the way he was described in a December article concerning his company’s legal battle with its former Macau operations chief executive.

According to the newspaper, Adelson filed the lawsuit Feb. 22 in Hong Kong’s Court of First Instance and is seeking “damages, including aggravated, exemplary and special damages.”

The article ran under the headline “Fired Executive Rankles Casino Industry” in the U.S. edition of the newspaper and appeared in overseas editions as well as online.

The article compared Steven Jacobs as “a 6-foot-5-inch-tall Ivy League graduate who colleagues say rarely curses,” with Adelson, described as “a scrappy, foul-mouthed billionaire from working-class Dorchester, Mass.”

The story was co-written by Kate O’Keeffe, a Wall Street Journal reporter based in Hong Kong, and Alexandra Berzon, a U.S.-based reporter. However, the lawsuit names only O’Keeffe. It doesn’t name the newspaper or its publisher, Dow Jones.

Contact reporter Howard Stutz at hstutz@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3871. Follow @howardstutz on Twitter.
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