A New York judge has ordered US President Donald Trump and his personal lawyer to pay nearly $1 million for bringing a bogus lawsuit against an author who wrote a book about him.
Judge Barbara Jaffe of the New York State Supreme Court found that Trump and lawyer Charles Harder filed their 2019 lawsuit in bad faith, and ordered the pair to pay author Mary Trump and her publisher Simon & Schuster $973,000 in damages and attorney’s fees.
The lawsuit was filed in an attempt to halt the distribution of Mary Trump’s book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man. In the book, Mary Trump, the niece of the President, details her experiences with her famous family.
The lawsuit claimed that Mary Trump’s book violated a confidentiality agreement she had signed as part of a 2001 settlement with the Trump family. The judge, however, ruled that the agreement did not apply to Mary Trump’s book.
The judge wrote that the lawsuit was “clearly designed to suppress Mary Trump’s book,” and that it was “brought for an improper purpose.”
The ruling is a major defeat for