PHILADELPHIA -- The company that tried to auction off Trump signs that were removed from the closed Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City is suing to settle an ownership dispute.
The sellers, Recycling of Urban Materials for Profit, or RUMP, filed suit in Philadelphia Friday after a sign company alleged that the letters spelling Trump were not legally purchased, according to the Courier-Post.
The firm had put the signs up for auction on ebay shortly after they were removed from the iconic Taj Mahal sign on Feb. 15. A 2015 settlement between Trump and new owner, Carl Icahn, required that the name be removed by March 2017 if the property was not renovated.
The auction had reached $7,500 when it was shut down Monday.
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The Courier-Post reported that the auction was stopped because a company, Eastern Sign, claimed that the letters were "sold without authority" and wanted to repurchase them.
RUMP reportedly claimed in the suit that two of its workers saw the letters being removed and offered $250 for them. Since the company removing the letters were also tasked with their disposal, they had the right to sell them, according to the suit as reported in the Courier-Post.
The newspaper reported that the suit asks for Eastern Sign to produce proof that it owns the letters or else compensate RUMP for the amount of money the sign could have brought at auction or private sale.
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