Trump sues to get 2nd shot at Pa. casino license

Dec 19, 2008 10:48 PM
Staff & Wire Reports |

Donald Trump's casino company is suing in federal court to get another shot at a potentially lucrative slot-machine license in Philadelphia.

Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. filed the lawsuit Thursday in federal court in Harrisburg against members of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

The suit is the first in federal court over the licenses the gaming board awarded to 11 applicants in 2006.

Trump's company was rejected in its bid for one of two licenses earmarked for Philadelphia.

But it says the gaming board's rationale for denying it a license violates the company's constitutional rights to equal protection and to conduct interstate commerce.

It cites the gaming board's references to concerns that a Trump casino in Philadelphia would divert gamblers to casinos it owns in Atlantic City, N.J., where taxes are lower.

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