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11 September 2020

Special Coverage: E. Jean Carroll, Mary Trump

Mary L. Trump v. Donald J. Trump (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2020-    )

[Posted Sept. 25, 2020.] Author of Too Much and Never Enough (2020), Mary Trump has sued her uncle, the President, and her aunt, retired federal judge Maryanne Trump Barry, for ongoing fraud and breach of fiduciary duty in the administration of the estate of Mary's father, Fred Trump, Jr., since his death in 1981.  The case comes just two months after a failed bid by presidential brother Robert S. Trump to enjoin publication of Mary's book.  Considering the First Amendment and the futility of last-minute injunction, the court in the earlier case refused to enforce the confidentiality provisions of a family agreement that settled litigation arising from the deaths of the President's parents, Fred and Mary Anne, in 1999 and 2000.  Robert S. Trump died on August 15, 2020.  HT @ TLS students Spencer K. Schneider and Richard Grace.  Here are links and key documents.

Link to the case in N.Y. Supreme Court, N.Y. County (filed Sept. 24, 2020)
Complaint in Mary L. Trump v. Donald J. Trump, et al. (filed Sept. 24, 2020)
Link to earlier Robert S. Trump v. Mary L. Trump
          in N.Y. Sup. Ct., Dutchess County (filed June 26, 2020)
Decision & Order denying injunction against Mary L. Trump (filed July 14, 2020)

E. Jean Carroll v. Donald J. Trump (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2019-    )

[Posted Sept. 11, 2020. Updated Oct. 27, 2020.] The recent news that the Department of Justice will defend the President in a defamation suit arising from sexual-assault allegations by E. Jean Carroll has caught the interest of both my Torts I class and Trump Litigation Seminar.  The DOJ's announcement appears on the docket in the form of removal from the New York Supreme Court to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and a motion to substitute the United States as defendant.  I commented at The Savory Tort.  HT @ TLS student Ricardo Serrano.  Here are links and key documents.

Link to the case in the N.Y. Supreme Court (filed Nov. 4, 2019)
Docket in N.Y. Supreme Court
Selected compiled documents in N.Y. Supreme Court (OCRd, 9 mb)
Link to the docket in S.D.N.Y. at Court Listener (filed Sept. 8, 2020)
Motion to Substitute Party, with attachments (filed S.D.N.Y. Sept. 8, 2020)
Order Denying Motion to Substitute Party (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 27, 2020)