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CONCORD, N.C. -- In the first legal road bump on the way to the Democratic National Convention, convention officials this morning sued a Concord hotel operator for breach of contract.

The lawsuit, filed in Mecklenburg County Superior Court, claims that the Comfort Suites in Concord reneged on a contract to provide 70 rooms for convention use.

A convention official said none of the expected 6,000 delegates have been assigned to the hotel, though other official visitors would stay there.

The hotel is at the juncture of Interstate 85 and Speedway Boulevard, near a cluster of other hotels contracted by the Democratic National Convention Committee.

According to the suit, the hotel signed a contract in April 2011 to provide the 70 rooms. This February, it says, the hotel owner told organizers he was terminating the agreement.

The owner, Von Patel, could not be reached.

The convention has contracted for 15,000 rooms in 150 hotels.

The official said the Concord hotel is important because its location near other convention hotels allows easier coordination for bus shuttles, security and credentialing.

Our experience with the Charlotte hospitality industry has been overwhelmingly positive, said DNCC spokeswoman Joanne Peters. We are taking this step reluctantly, after several months of trying to find an amicable solution.

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