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Trump Ordered to Pay Nearly $400,000 in Legal Fees to New York Times

January 14, 2024

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Judge Rules Trump Must Pay $400,000 in Legal Fees to The New York Times Over Dismissed Lawsuit. A New York judge orders former President Donald Trump to cover legal expenses after his failed lawsuit accusing the paper of conspiring with his niece, Mary Trump, to obtain and publish his tax records.

Trump sued the New York Times in 2021, accusing the paper of conspiring with his estranged niece, Mary Trump, to obtain and publish his tax records. New York Judge Robert Reed dismissed the lawsuit against with the Times and its reporters in May 2023, ruling that they were protected under the First Amendment and ordering Trump to cover their legal fees.

On Friday, Reed determined that $392,638.69 was “a reasonable value for the legal services rendered,” given the complexity of the case and the attorneys involved. (A portion of the lawsuit against Mary Trump was allowed to proceed, and her request to be reimbursed for legal fees was denied in June.) In 2018, New York Times reporters Susanne Craig, David Barstow and Russell Buettner published an investigation into Trump’s wealth and taxes, revealing details from tax filings the former president had been unwilling to release publicly, claiming they were under audit. The paper later won a Pulitzer Prize for its reporting.

Trump claimed in his $100 million lawsuit that the reporters were aware of a settlement agreement barring Mary Trump from disclosing certain documents. He alleged that the paper and the reporters engaged in an “insidious plot” to illegally obtain copies of his tax records from his niece.

A spokesperson for Alina Habba, Trump’s attorney who represented him in the case, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday’s order. When Reed tossed the lawsuit last year, Habba said, “All journalists must be held accountable when they commit civil wrongs. The New York Times is no different and its reporters went well beyond the conventional news gathering techniques permitted by the First Amendment.”



Culled from CBS News

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