The owner of the Hilton Garden Inn at Suncrest Towne Centre is trying to stave off a public auction of the facility.

A hearing on its motion for a restraining order or injunction to block the sale is set for Thursday in federal court in Clarksburg.

The auction is set for Sept. 21.

The owner is Fairmont-based Mountain Blue Hotel Group and the case has gained notoriety because AA Property, a company jointly owned by Sen. Joe Manchin and former longtime aide and former state Democratic Party chair Larry Puccio, has a 12 percent membership interest in Mountain Blue, according to court documents.

Mountain Blue filed its motion on Friday.