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MGM asks for quick decision on flawed Vegas hotel

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Justin M. Bowen

The Harmon Hotel at CityCenter sits empty and unfinished with the Veer Towers seen in the background Friday, July 29, 2011.

MGM Resorts International is asking the Nevada Supreme Court to speed up a decision that's holding up the demolition of a flawed hotel tower on the Las Vegas Strip.

MGM filed a brief Wednesday asking the court to expedite its ruling on whether the company must do more structural testing. MGM said the building poses a safety risk and must be demolished as soon as possible.

The Harmon Hotel is a joint project with Dubai World and was intended to open with 46 stories in 2009 as part of the $8.5 billion CityCenter development. Construction was halted at 26 floors after inspectors found flaws in steel reinforcements.

A trial is set for 2014 to decide whether MGM or contractor Perini Building Co. is responsible for $500 million in damage claims.

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