Las Vegas Hall of Shame
Last update: August, 2020.
The Sahara hotel & casino, run by dickheads.
Photo credit: Sahara press release
Sahara Casino: Suing a local blogger
The Sahara Casino becomes the inaugural member of our Hall of Shame for baselessly suing a beloved local blogger. Scott Roeben runs the popular, funny, and fantastic blog "Vital Vegas", in which he gives you the scoop on what's happening in Vegas as only a true insider can. But when Roeben published a rumor that the Sahara might be closing soon, the dickheads at the Sahara actually, literally sued him.
The Sahara can't win their lawsuit, and they know it. They can't win because it's not libel to publish a rumor that you identify it as a rumor. But even though Roeben will prevail, he's still gonna incur big legal costs to do so. Sahara sued him for a relatively small amount ($15,000), probably figuring that he'd have to pay more than that to lawyers to defend the suit, so he would just settle. Too bad for them, because Roeben says he's not backing down, a move we applaud.
We should note that Roeben's batting average is excellent. If he publishes a rumor, that means there's a basis for it and/or the source is solid, and more often than not the rumor proves to be true.
This lawsuit hits close to home for me. After all, like Roeben, I publish a website that shares info about Vegas and which is free to readers. Frivolous lawsuits would make it impossible for me to do that. So, if you enjoy reading websites like Easy Vegas and Vital Vegas, for free, then please think twice before you stay at the Sahara or spend any money there. Aug. 18, 2020