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Donald Trump Zeros in on Pa.

22/12/2008
Late last week, Donald Trump's casino company filed a suit in federal court to somehow garner another chance at securing the gold mine of a slot-machine license in Philadelphia.

The lawsuit Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. filed in Harrisburg lists members of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and says its reasoning to reject Trump's application was in violation of the company's Constitutional rights as well as its ability to conduct interstate business.

This is the first case of its kind in federal court since 2006 concerning slots-only casino licenses.

But the court rejected Trump Entertainment in its quest for one of two licenses targeted for the city of brotherly love. Political opposition has also thrown a monkey wrench in the works because of opposition to where the winning casino projects will be built. So Philadelphia becoming the country’s largest city with casinos still hangs in the balance. But with Trump, and of his like-minded resources at his disposal, it seems that it’s only a matter of time before plans go through.

"Our argument is going to be that the public interest in Pennsylvania, which is jobs and taxes, is sitting there unfulfilled and the board should take action to make those things go forward sooner," commented Trump lawyer Bob Pickus.

In the lawsuit, Trump sheds light on the duplicitous actions of the Gaming Control Board’s position to thwart the projects that won casino licenses from being built and opening. It also says it will go to the extent of filing documents with the gaming board to ask it to void the Philadelphia licenses, so a new round of applications can be submitted from scratch to compete for them.

But the protracted delays that have put the current casino projects in Philadelphia in a holding pattern will come up in the litigation.
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