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September 11, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The purge of Atlantic City's weakest casinos continued Tuesday, as Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. filed for bankruptcy in Delaware, a week before it plans to shut down Trump Plaza. The company also said it expects to pull the plug on Taj Mahal in November if it fails to get concessions from the casino's unionized workers. The Taj Mahal, which employs 2,963, would be the fifth Atlantic City casino to close this year. Despite the threat of closure, Bob McDevitt, president of Unite Here Local 54, said there was little the union could do to help bail out Trump Taj Mahal.
BUSINESS
August 9, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
With the process of selling the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel after its second bankruptcy cloaked in secrecy, it is difficult to determine what the postponement of its bankruptcy auction until next week really means. But lawyers and other bankruptcy experts - none involved in the Revel case - outlined, in general terms, the factors that may be at play. Such a delay is not unheard of, they said in interviews on Thursday, but it does not mean Revel's investment bankers received so many bids that they could not get through them in time to start the auction on schedule Thursday.
BUSINESS
August 7, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
There has been no word so far this week on bids for the bankrupt Revel casino, which were due Monday in preparation for an auction Thursday if more than one qualified bid was received. But a U.S. Bankruptcy Court filing Tuesday in Camden by the investment bank Moelis & Co. L.L.C., charged with finding a buyer for Revel, revealed some details. In the filing, Moelis said it was owed $150,000 in fees, plus $5,950 in expenses, for its work on the sale of Revel, which it calls "Project Redwood.
BUSINESS
July 30, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
A New Jersey investment firm has agreed to pay $30.25 million for Northeast Philadelphia's Deer Meadows Retirement Community, which filed for bankruptcy protection in April. Investment 360 L.L.C., of Lakewood, will function as a "stalking horse bidder" at an auction next month, setting a baseline price, according to a bankruptcy court filing. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Eric L. Frank on Monday scheduled a hearing for Aug. 11 on a proposed breakup fee that would pay 2.5 percent of the purchase price, or $756,250, to Investment 360 if the deal does not close or a higher bidder emerges.
NEWS
July 17, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
The man who flailed and failed at turning an old Norristown shopping center into a movie studio has filed for bankruptcy, a move that places on hold Montgomery County's lawsuits it filed to recoup some of the $24.5 million it lost in the development deal. The county's efforts to recover money from developer Charles Gallub will shift to U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of New Jersey. That is where Gallub, whose business is based in Bellmawr, N.J., filed for Chapter 11. His attorney could not be reached for comment.
NEWS
July 16, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - With the Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino's expected closing, Donald Trump, whose name is emblazoned on the casino and who once owned three of the gambling palaces here, said he can't help but feel bad for the resort he helped build. In an interview Monday, Trump also predicted that an oversaturation of casinos would mean more closings in other places, including the Philadelphia area. Trump endured multiple bankruptcies as head of Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc., and he and his name will always be linked with Atlantic City even if his share of the casinos is now only about 10 percent.
NEWS
July 13, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley and Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writers
ATLANTIC CITY - The list of casinos closing or expected to close here just keeps growing. Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino will shut its doors for good in mid-September, according to state officials who were briefed Friday by lawyers for the casino. "I believe Sept. 16 is the targeted closure date that we were told," said Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D., Atlantic). Mazzeo said he and State Sen. Jim Whelan (D., Atlantic) received a phone call late Friday afternoon from a Trump Plaza lawyer. Atlantic County officials also were briefed, he said.
NEWS
June 21, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker and Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, a $2.4 billion property that has operated at a loss since opening in 2012, filed for its second bankruptcy Thursday. The new filing came about 13 months after the company wiped out $932 million in debt and cut yearly debt payments by 96 percent in bankruptcy last year. Despite the massive debt relief, the casino at the north end of the Boardwalk continued losing money on an operating basis before debt payments. The loss was $21.75 million in this year's first quarter.
BUSINESS
June 6, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
A bankruptcy judge in Philadelphia showed a trace of impatience with creditors of Deer Meadows Retirement Community at a hearing Wednesday. "I really expect there to be a settlement here, from the facts that I've heard," said Chief Judge Eric L. Frank after a session that included an hour-long recess punctuated by testy exchanges among lawyers. "I find it astounding that there is no agreement on this," he continued, before scheduling another hearing in the case Monday. Specifically, Frank was referring to the conditions under which Deer Meadows, where nearly 500 elderly live, including many in a nursing home, is allowed to spend cash that also functions as collateral for lenders.
NEWS
June 4, 2014 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
FORMER Philadelphia newspapers CEO Brian Tierney is coming back to advise the new ownership of the Daily News, the Inquirer and Philly.com on gaining more advertising - one of a flurry of personnel moves announced yesterday in the wake of the private-jet crash that took the life of co-owner Lewis Katz. H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, co-owner and interim publisher, announced Tierney's return in an email to staffers, saying that Tierney will work directly with him in an effort to woo advertisers.
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