CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A divided Nevada Supreme Court has reversed a lower court ruling that threw out a defamation suit filed by a former Las Vegas Sands Corp. executive against billionaire Chairman Sheldon Adelson.

In a 4-3 ruling issued Friday, justices sent the defamation claim brought by former executive Steven Jacobs back to Clark County District Court for further proceedings.

Jacobs filed a wrongful termination suit in 2010 and later added a defamation claim after Adelson told the Wall Street Journal that Jacobs was fired for cause and called his former employee a liar and delusional.

A lower court judge dismissed the claim, saying Adelson was protected by litigation privilege.

But the high court said that privilege is not absolute when it comes to statements made to the media outside judicial proceedings.


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