COPY-Probate fight over Mo. hotel magnate continues

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - The legal fight over 93-year-old Springfield hotel magnate John Q. Hammons remains unresolved nearly 18 months after a group of close friends filed suit over concerns about his care.

A Greene County judge quickly sealed the probate court case, but online court records show it remains active.

Meanwhile, the John Q. Hammons Hotel Management Co. and the woman chosen by Hammons as his successor face two new lawsuits alleging improper business practices.

A New York real estate company accuses CEO Jacqueline Dowdy of exaggerating the company's worth to secure an $80 million construction loan.

And a holding company that owns more than half of the 78 hotels managed by Hammons says Dowdy broke a contract by taking over the company.

Hammons Hotel Management officials call the claims "baseless."

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.