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Robert filed a temporary restraining order and claims Mary’s book violates an NDA she signed in 2001.
The judge on the case ruled that “constitutional law trumps contracts” and allowed Mary’s book to be released.
Update: July 14, 2020
As hard as Trump’s camp tried to stop Mary’s book from coming out, they failed to succeed. Apparently, there’s this little thing called “constitutional rights” and “freedom of speech” that allowed the book to be released, and surprise—it’s here a week in advance!
Judge Hal Greenwald, who was ruling over the case, didn’t really think that Robert’s claims of an NDA violation held up well because the terms of the agreement were too vague and “likely related to financial details” that there wasn’t a feasible way to see how it could relate to Mary’s tell-all.
“Remember, at the time the Agreement was agreed upon, the Trump family were New York–based real estate developers and not much else,” Greenwald wrote in his ruling. “They were not elected officials or TV personalities. The issues that were the subject of the Agreement were intra family issues, not of worldwide concern, or even national interest.”
Greenwald concluded, “In the vernacular of First year law students, ‘[Constitutional] Law trumps Contracts.’” God! Bless!
Update: June 30, 2020
The Hollywood Reporter says a judge has temporarily blocked Mary Trump’s book, but she and her attorneys plan to appeal ASAP.
For now, though, Judge Hal B. Greenwald issued a temporary restraining order, which will prevent the distribution of “any descriptions or accounts of Mary L. Trump’s relationship with Robert S. Trump, Donald Trump, or Maryanne Trump” until the courts can figure out whether or not Mary is violating confidentiality agreements. TBD how this goes.
Original story: June 25, 2020
The drama surrounding Donald Trump’s niece Mary Trump and her explosive new tell-all book, Too Much and Never Enough, just got messier. According to People, Donald’s brother Robert filed a temporary restraining order against Mary and her publisher, Simon & Schuster.
In the filing, Robert’s attorney reportedly requests that the court stop Mary’s book from being published because it allegedly violates a 2001 confidentiality agreement she signed with the rest of the Trump family. In other words, she signed an NDA.
Mary isn’t having it, and her attorney Theodore Boutros Jr. put out a statement saying, “President Trump and his siblings are seeking to suppress a book that will discuss matters of utmost public importance. They are pursuing this unlawful prior restraint because they do not want the American people to know the truth. The courts will not tolerate this brazen effort to squelch speech in violation of the First Amendment.”
Meanwhile, Simon & Schuster’s spokesman mused, “As the plaintiff and his attorney well know, the courts take a dim view of prior restraint, and this attempt to block publication will meet the same fate as those that have gone before.”
So why did Mary sign an NDA? She and her brother Fred Trump III sued their aunts and uncles in 2000, disputing the handling of their grandfather Fred Trump Sr.’s will. You can get more details right this way, but basically, they asked for 1/5 of their grandfather’s estate, and in response to the lawsuit, Trump allegedly cut off health insurance for Fred’s son, saying, “When [Trump III] sued us, we said, ‘Why should we give him medical coverage?’”
As a reminder, Mary’s book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, drops July 28 and promises to be “harrowing and salacious.” According to the description on Amazon, the tell-all covers “a nightmare of traumas, destructive relationships, and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse. She explains how specific events and general family patterns created the damaged man who currently occupies the Oval Office, including the strange and harmful relationship between Fred Trump and his two oldest sons, Fred Jr. and Donald.”
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