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Ex-buyer sues Trump casinos

Atlantic City, NJ (AP) — With a decision nearing on whether Donald Trump can regain control of the Atlantic City casino empire he once ruled, a new complication has emerged in an already tangled situation.

A company that once intended to buy the Trump Marina Hotel Casino is suing Trump Entertainment Resorts for $17 million.

Coastal Marina LLC, a New York company owned by a former protégé of Donald Trump, claims the company let the property fall into disrepair and diverted customers to other Trump casinos.

The lawsuit filed late Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Camden, alleges fraud, and claims the casino needs at least $50 million in repairs.

The suit seeks the return of $17 million in deposits Coastal made toward the purchase, and unspecified additional damages.

Donald Trump declined to comment. But Mark Juliano, Trump Entertainment Resorts’ CEO, said the lawsuit represented nothing more than “buyer’s remorse” on the part of Coastal.

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