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Trump Ordered to Cover $400,000 Legal Costs for Failed Lawsuit Against The New York Times and its Journalists

Former President Donald Trump has been directed to pay approximately $400,000 in legal fees to The New York Times and three investigative journalists following an unsuccessful lawsuit related to a 2018 story on his family’s wealth and tax practices.

Lawsuit Background

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Donald Trump sued The New York Times and reporters Susanne Craig, David Barstow, and Russell Buettner in 2021, alleging defamation concerning their Pulitzer Prize-winning story. The lawsuit claimed they had unfairly obtained confidential tax records from his estranged niece, Mary Trump.

Dismissal of The New York Times and Reporters

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In May, The New York Times and the three reporters were dismissed from the lawsuit, but the claim against Mary Trump, who provided tax records, is still pending.

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Judge’s Decision

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New York Judge Robert Reed ruled that given the complexity of the case and other factors, it was reasonable for Donald Trump to cover the legal fees of The New York Times and the reporters, totaling $392,638. This decision underscores the power of New York’s anti-SLAPP statute, which prevents baseless lawsuits aimed at silencing critics.

Press Freedom Protection

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Times spokesperson Danielle Rhoads Ha praised the decision, stating that it demonstrates the anti-SLAPP statute’s effectiveness in safeguarding press freedom and deterring the misuse of the judicial system to stifle journalists.

Appeal Denied

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In a separate ruling, Judge Reed denied Mary Trump’s request to put the case on hold while she appealed his previous decision, which allowed Donald Trump’s claim against her to proceed.

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Reaction from Trump’s Attorneys

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Donald Trump’s attorney, Alina Habba, expressed disappointment that The New York Times and its reporters were removed from the case but stated satisfaction with the court’s reaffirmation of their claims against Mary Trump.

Trump’s Lawsuit

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Donald Trump’s lawsuit alleged that The New York Times and its reporters were motivated by a personal vendetta against him and engaged in a plot to acquire and exploit confidential records. He sought $100 million in damages.

The Times’ Reporting

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The New York Times’ reporting challenged Donald Trump’s self-made wealth claims by revealing substantial financial support from his father, Fred Trump. It exposed tax avoidance schemes and highlighted Mary Trump as the source of the documents.

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Legal News Gathering

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Judge Reed emphasized that legal news gathering is a protected First Amendment activity and lies at the core of free speech rights.

Mary Trump’s Counterclaim

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In July, Mary Trump countered with a claim against Donald Trump under New York’s anti-SLAPP law, characterizing his lawsuit as retaliatory and meritless, intended to discourage criticism in the future.

Mary Trump’s Stance

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Mary Trump has been an outspoken critic of her uncle, branding him as “criminal, cruel, and traitorous,” reflecting her perspective on his actions and policies.

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