Monday, May 24, 2010

Unleashing the lawyers on the... lawyers

The opening of any venue inevitably features some teething problems. That is why it is surprising that the Marina Bay Sands chose to host a lawyer's association earlier this month! It will come as a shock to no one that this one has ended up in court.

The organiser, the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA), claims that rooms were unfinished, air conditioning malfunctioned, bathroom fixtures were not working and that there was a power failure during the keynote address.

No doubt, Sheldon Adelson, the controlling shareholder of the Las Vegas Sands Corp., has a few lawyers of his own on retainer. The Sands claims that the event was a success and that the overwhelming majority of delegates had no complaints.

Marina Bay Sands is seeking US$214,000 from IPBA and has filed suit in the Singapore High Court. IPBA has stated, “Now that we have been dragged to court we will defend the claim and issue a counterclaim as well.”

This one could drag on for awhile.

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