(Bloomberg) -- MGM Resorts International sued the Federal Trade Commission to stop an investigation into how it dealt with a cybersecurity attack last year. 

The company said the investigation deprives it of its fundamental due process rights and that FTC Chair Lina Khan should recuse herself from the case, according to the lawsuit filed in Washington federal court Monday. 

Bloomberg earlier reported that Khan was visiting MGM Grand on the Las Vegas strip in September when the company was hit by a cyberattack that temporarily shut down its computer systems. A front desk clerk asked Khan and her staff to write down their credit card information on a piece of paper as they were checking into the hotel, according to Bloomberg. Khan responded by asking the employee how MGM was managing data security in this situation. 

Shortly after, the FTC started an investigation and in January demanded that the company respond to how it handled the situation, according to the lawsuit. The agency asked the company to hand over more than “100 categories of information.”

The company also claimed that the FTC relied on “inapplicable” regulations that apply only to financial services companies to demand information from the casino operator.

FTC representatives didn’t respond to a request for comment. The agency will likely challenge the MGM lawsuit, according to a person briefed on the situation. The person said there is a long history of efforts to get Khan disqualified from past cases, but added that people normally try to get her removed for having a point of view, rather than just being present.

The FTC earlier denied the company’s request that Khan recuse herself from involvement in the investigation given her personal experience with the cyberattack. 

“As the most high-profile person involved in the events at issue — and the only such person widely identified by name in press reports — Chair Khan is both a potential civil plaintiff and a potential witness,” attorneys for the company wrote in the lawsuit. 

--With assistance from Katrina Manson.

(Updates with comment from person familiar with the matter in sixth paragraph.)

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