PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal appeals court has thrown out a lawsuit against former members of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board over their rejection of a Donald Trump company’s effort to obtain a Philadelphia casino license.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that members of the gambling oversight board are entitled to absolute, quasi-judicial immunity.

The suit was filed by Keystone Redevelopment Partners LLC. Keystone had claimed the 2006 board decision favored local interests at the expense of out-of-town interests because it was based on concerns Keystone’s casinos in Atlantic City, N.J., might benefit.

The majority opinion says members of the Gaming Control Board can’t make decisions without fear of intimidation if they’re not immune from personal liability.

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