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Would-Be Brothel Buyer Sues Over Residency Rule

LAS VEGAS (CN) - Plans to sell a famed brothel in Pahrump, Nev., were allegedly stymied by Nye County officials who required that the buyer be a resident of Nevada.

TCR Holdings claims in Federal Court that it deposited $150,000 to buy The Chicken Ranch in 2006. But before the sale could be finalized, TCR's chief player, Bruce Kahn, was required to appear before the Nye County Licensing Board.

The board denied Kahn's application to run the brothel because he was not a resident of Nevada. He lives in Texas.

The company says it lost at least $80,000 because it had to forfeit its deposit per the terms of the escrow agreement.

TCR claims its constitutional rights were violated.

Brothels are legal in Pahrump, Nev., a town about 65 miles west of Las Vegas.

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