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Nevada Court Hears Casino Mogul Adelson's Defamation Case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's highest court is being asked again if a political group defamed casino mogul Sheldon Adelson in 2012 with an Internet ad alleging that Adelson used prostitution-tainted money from casinos in China to fund Republican causes in the U.S.

A key question during Nevada Supreme Court oral arguments Monday was whether online "hyperlinks" are comparable to footnotes on a printed page — and whether they were enough to inform ad readers that Adelson denied the prostitution claim in a civil lawsuit.

The justices also heard arguments whether Nevada's anti-SLAPP law protected the National Jewish Democratic Council for criticizing one of the world's wealthiest men.

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The statute aims to prevent so-called strategic lawsuits against public participation.

Adelson lost his defamation claim in 2013, but appealed to state and federal courts.