Mona Shield Payne / Special to the Sun
Friday, May 2, 2014 | 1:58 p.m.
CARSON CITY — The Nevada Supreme Court has upheld Steve Wynn's $7.5 million judgment in a civil defamation case against "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis.
A three-justice panel in an order dated Thursday rejected arguments by Francis that a default judgment granted by a Clark County judge in 2012 should be set aside because Francis’ attorneys had withdrawn and he was unable to defend himself.
Justices said the soft-porn video empire founder's last-minute attempts to challenge the default were an attempt to stall proceedings.
Wynn sued Francis in 2008 amid a legal tussle over a $2 million gambling debt Francis incurred the prior year at Wynn Las Vegas.
In 2012, Wynn was awarded $21 million against Francis after a separate slander trial in Los Angles.
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