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Ivanka Trump, Dad Donald Demand That AC's Taj Mahal Lose Their Moniker

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In this March 8, 2012 file photo, Donald J. Trump, left and Ivanka Trump pictured in Miami, Florida. (David Cannon/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 09:10 AM

Ivanka Trump and her father, real estate mogul Donald Trump, are facing resistance from Trump Entertainment Resorts after they filed a lawsuit to remove the family moniker from the struggling Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City.

The father and daughter team are in the midst of a legal battle with TER, a company Donald Trump used to head. At issue is the Trump name, which was removed from the company's Trump Plaza when it shuttered last month.

Ivanka Trump and her father now want TER to remove their name from the struggling Trump Taj Mahal as well, claiming that their brand is being tarnished because execs have allowed the establishment to fall into disrepair, according to The Associated Press.

Earlier this month, TER agreed to take the Trump name off the Plaza. Ivanka Trump detailed the decision to The Wall Street Journal, saying that the licensing deal with TER required the company to maintain high standards of quality and luxury in order to continue using the Trump name.

"The company has been in default of the standards for both the Plaza and at the Taj as well," Ivanka Trump told The Journal. "They had a similar benchmark, and they did not live up to the standards we agreed to. Both the standards were not met."

Trump Entertainment is pushing back against the name change of its last remaining casino, calling Ivanka and Donald Trump's lawsuit "baseless and value-destructive" litigation that it can’t afford to fight, according to the AP.

"The debtors face many challenges, and the last thing these chapter 11 cases can afford is the significant expense, distraction, and uncertainty of state court litigation over whether the debtors can preserve the very name under which they do business," TER wrote in court documents.

While the name issue continued to brew between the Trumps and Trump Entertainment, the company won a major victory in court against the UNITE HERE Local 54 union Friday, allowing the casino to immediately cut employee benefits at the Trump Taj Mahal, according to the Press of Atlantic City.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross in Delaware charged that the union did not negotiate in good faith with the company and did not present witnesses at two evidentiary hearings in October, the newspaper reported.

Union head Bob McDevitt told the Press of Atlantic City that Gross' decision amounted to a "kangaroo court" that favors debtors and claimed that attorneys representing primary Taj debt holder Carl Icahn lied in court.

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