First it was The Dispatch Printing Company filing suit in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. In their lawsuit, the Dispatch asked Judge Fais to force Penn National to annex its casino site in west Columbus to the city. The Dispatch claims Penn National has reneged on promises made last year.
Two days later, Penn National went to federal court in an attempt to force the city of Columbus to provide water and sewer service to its casino site. In its lawsuit, Penn National pointed out that the casino site has been connected to Columbus water and sewer since at least 1953 and by withholding such services, Columbus and Franklin County have violated the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the guarantee of equal protection.