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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- A lawsuit filed in Eugene accuses a real estate firm of improperly trying to back out of a deal to buy four recently built apartment complexes near the University of Oregon.

Eugene developer Dan Neal wants judge to either force Harrison Street Real Estate Capital LLC to buy the properties, or let Neal keep the nearly $2 million in earnest money the Chicago firm put down in May.

In an e-mail to The Register-Guard newspaper, Neal wrote that the parties are discussing a potential resolution.

The lawsuit comes as developers from around the country are piling into the Eugene market with plans to build student housing -- even as enrollment at the UO is flattening after years of rapid increases.

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