Categories for Lawsuit

30,025. 10/29/2019

BRITAIN/LAWSUIT/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The family of Harry Dunn, the teenage motorcyclist who was killed in a crash in Britain in August, is suing the Trump administration for ‘lawless misconduct,’ a spokesman for the family said on Tuesday [10-29-19]. Mr. Dunn, 19, died after his motorcycle collided with a car that the police said had been traveling on the wrong side of the road on Aug. 27 in Brackley, a town about 60 miles northwest of London. The case ignited a diplomatic tug-of-war between Britain and the United States after the woman thought to be driving the car, Anne Sacoolas, the wife of an American diplomat, claimed immunity and left the country a little over two weeks after the accident. Seeking resolution in the case, Mr. Dunn’s parents have petitioned the highest echelons of government on both sides of the Atlantic, culminating with a meeting at the White House this month that left them disillusioned after President Trump unexpectedly announced that Ms. Sacoolas was in an adjacent room and wanted to meet with them. They declined to do so.”

Iliana Magra, “Harry Dunn’s Parents Say They Will Sue Trump Administration,” The New York Times online, October 29, 2019

29,904. 10/25/2019

DEMS/LAWSUIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “My lawyers should sue the Democrats and Shifty Adam Schiff for fraud!” 

Donald Trump,, October 25, 2019 6:33 pm

29,541. 10/16/2019

ELECTION/LAWSUIT/MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Lawyers for U.S. President Donald Trump and his re-election campaign have threatened in a letter to sue CNN for what they said was the network falsely advertising itself as a news organization, calling on executives to first discuss an ‘appropriate resolution’ to the matter that would include a “substantial” payment to cover damages. The letter, dated Oct. 16 and made public on Friday, is the latest threat by Trump to sue a media organization over what he sees as unfair media coverage since launching his 2016 presidential campaign, although no lawsuits have been filed. ‘This is nothing more than a desperate PR stunt and doesn’t merit a response,’ a CNN spokesman said in an email. Rebecca Tushnet, a professor of false advertising law at Harvard Law School, said there was ‘no merit’ to the letter’s legal arguments and that she doubted a lawsuit would ever be filed.”

Jan Wolfe, “Trump threatens to sue CNN, seeks ‘substantial’ payment over damages: letter,” Reuters, October 16, 2019 10:43 am

28,673. 9/25/2019

COURTS/LAWSUIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A looming legal showdown over a judge’s order requiring President Donald Trump to give videotaped testimony in a suit brought by anti-Trump protesters has been delayed after an appellate judge postponed the trial in the case, which had been scheduled to go to jury selection in New York on Thursday [9-26-19]. Acting on an appeal filed Tuesday by Trump’s attorneys, New York Supreme Court Appellate Division Justice Dianne Renwick put off the trial so that the dispute over Trump’s testimony could be resolved. A written order detailing Renwick’s ruling did not explain her rationale but said that both the order for Trump to give a videotaped deposition and the start of the trial itself were stayed pending further action by the ‘full bench’ of the state court appellate panel on which she sits. The suit stems from a 2015 demonstration outside Trump Tower in Manhattan over anti-Mexican comments by then-candidate Trump.”

Josh Gerstein, “Appeals judge delays trial that triggered order for Trump’s testimony,” Politico, September 25, 2019 7:00 am

28,557. 9/19/2019

INVESTIGATIONS/LAWSUIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Lawyers for President Trump argued in a lawsuit filed on Thursday [9-19-19] that he could not be criminally investigated while in office, as they sought to block a subpoena from state prosecutors in Manhattan demanding eight years of his tax returns. Taking a broad position that the lawyers acknowledged had not been tested, the president’s legal team argued in the complaint that the Constitution effectively makes sitting presidents immune from all criminal inquiries until they leave the White House. Presidents, they asserted, have such enormous responsibility and play a unique role in government that they cannot be subject to the burden of investigations, especially from local prosecutors who may use the criminal process for political gain. Several constitutional law scholars interviewed by The New York Times said that if the lawyers’ position were accepted by the court, it would set a sweeping new precedent. But they also said it was far from certain that the theory, which was not based on established case law, would succeed. While an onslaught of investigations would most assuredly disrupt a presidency, the Constitution does not explicitly say that presidents are shielded from criminal inquiries.”

Michael Gold, “Trump Lawyers Argue He Cannot Be Criminally Investigated,” The New York Times online, September 19, 2019

28,374. 9/13/2019

EMOLUMENTS/LAWSUIT/NEW YORK/TRUMP BUSINESS: “A federal appeals court in New York on Friday [9-13-19] revived a lawsuit alleging that President Trump is illegally profiting from his hotels and restaurants in New York and Washington in violation of the Constitution’s anti-corruption, or emoluments, clauses. In a two-to-one decision, a panel of judges for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit found that a lower court had wrongly dismissed the lawsuit accusing Mr. Trump of violating the Constitution’s bans on accepting financial benefits from foreign or state governments. The appeals court judge sent the lawsuit back to the lower court, ordering it be allowed to proceed. The decision comes nearly two years after the lower court judge dismissed the lawsuit. The case is one of three that have been ping-ponging back and forth between district and appeals courts as judges struggle with the novel legal questions raised by Mr. Trump’s decision not to divorce himself from his business empire while in office.”

Sharon LaFraniere, “U.S. Appeals Court Reinstates Emoluments Case Against Trump,” The New York Times online, September 13, 2019

27,915. 8/29/2019

CONGRESS/LAWSUIT/NEW YORK/TRUMP TAXES: “New York state officials are attempting to have a federal court throw out President Donald Trump’s lawsuit over the possible release of his tax returns to Congress, according to a new court filing on Thursday [8-29-19]. In July, Trump filed suit in federal court in DC against New York state officials and the US House Ways and Means Committee to prevent the disclosure of his state tax returns. The New York State Attorney General’s Office filed a motion to dismiss the case out of Washington. In the motion, New York says DC is an ‘improper venue,’ the federal court does not have jurisdiction over the case and that it ‘plainly belongs in a New York court.’ Its reasoning: The New York attorney general and the state’s taxation and finance commissioner live in the state of New York, and their primary place of business is there as well. If the court doesn’t dismiss the case outright, it should ‘at the very least’ transfer it to federal court in Manhattan, the filing said.”

Katelyn Polantz and Chandelis Duster, “New York state wants Trump’s suit over tax returns thrown out of DC federal court,” CNN Politics,, August 29, 2019 5:10 pm

27,816. 8/25/2019

CALIFORNIA/LAWSUIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @JudicialWatch: A Judicial Watch lawsuit forced the state of California to begin removing more than 1.5 million potentially invalid name…”

Donald Trump,, August 25, 2019 5:36 pm

27,438. 8/14/2019

DEMS/LAWSUIT/NEW YORK/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP TAXES: “Attorneys for Donald Trump, a powerful House committee and New York state have reached agreement on a new path for handling their fight over the president’s state tax returns, according to a Wednesday [8-14-19] court filing. Under the deal, Trump’s lawyers will file a new amended lawsuit by Monday spelling out their case for why a temporary restraining order is needed to stop the Democrat-led House Ways and Means Committee from using a New York law that could give the panel access to the president’s state tax returns. The joint stipulation agreement reached between the lawyers also spells out a new briefing schedule on Trump’s lawsuit, including a proposal for oral arguments in mid-September before U.S. District Court Judge Carl Nichols in Washington, D.C. Trump filed his original lawsuit last month, after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law giving his state officials the OK to share the president’s state filings with Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) upon request.”

Darren Samuelsohn, “Trump offers to try again in lawsuit over New York tax returns,” Politico, August 14, 2019 3:36 pm

27,433. 8/14/2019

DEMS/LAWSUIT/NEW YORK/TRUMP TAXES: “Attorneys for Donald Trump, a powerful House committee and New York state have reached agreement on a new path for handling their fight over the president’s state tax returns, according to a Wednesday [8-14-19] court filing. Under the deal, Trump’s lawyers will file a new amended lawsuit by Monday [8-12-19] spelling out their case for why a temporary restraining order is needed to stop the Democrat-led House Ways and Means Committee from using a New York law that could give the panel access to the president’s state tax returns. The joint stipulation agreement reached between the lawyers also spells out a new briefing schedule on Trump’s lawsuit, including a proposal for oral arguments in mid-September before U.S. District Court Judge Carl Nichols in Washington, D.C. Trump filed his original lawsuit last month, after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law giving his state officials the OK to share the president’s state filings with Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) upon request.”

Darren Samuelsohn, “Trump offers to try again in lawsuit over New York tax returns,” Politico, August 14, 2019 12:24 pm

27,414. 8/13/2019

COURTS/DEMS/INVESTIGATIONS/LAWSUIT/LEGISLATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Democrats took control of the House this year promising to use legislation and investigations to check President Trump. But facing substantial roadblocks to each, they are increasingly opposing him in a different way: Eight months into their majority, the House is going to court at a tempo never seen before. Fighting in courtrooms as much as in hearing rooms, the House has already become a party to nine separate lawsuits this year, while also filing briefs for judges in four others. More lawsuits are being drafted, according to a senior aide to Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The fights include efforts to reveal Mr. Trump’s hidden financial dealings, force his aides to testify about his attempts to obstruct the Russia investigation, challenge his invocation of emergency powers to spend more taxpayer money on a border wall than Congress approved and defend laws like the Affordable Care Act that his Justice Department abandoned. While it is routine for the executive branch to be in court, it was once vanishingly rare for Congress, which has typically used its authority to pass laws, appropriate funds and investigate the executive branch, to balance out the president’s power.”

Charlie Savage and Nicholas Fandos, “The House v. Trump: Stymied Lawmakers Increasingly Battle in the Courts,” The New York Times online, August 13, 2019

27,300. 8/8/2019

ANDREW MCCABE/FBI/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/LAWSUIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe filed suit Thursday [8-8-19] against the FBI and Justice Department, claiming that his March 2018 ouster — on the day he planned to retire after a 21-year career — was politically motivated retaliation driven by President Donald Trump, who was angry at McCabe’s role in the investigation of his campaign’s links to Russia…The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Washington, comes just two days after former FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok filed a similar lawsuit, alleging that Trump’s vendetta against him led to his unceremonious firing, despite a formal disciplinary process that recommended a less severe punishment. Strzok is seeking his old job back or compensation for his lost pay and benefits, while McCabe is seeking the reinstatement of his full retirement benefits.”

Kyle Cheney, “Andrew McCabe sues DOJ, claims his firing was ‘retaliation’ directed by Trump,” Politico, August 8, 2019 5:04 pm

27,283. 8/8/2019

ANDREW MCCABE/FBI/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/LAWSUIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Andrew G. McCabe, the former F.B.I. deputy director who was fired for statements he made about communications between the bureau and the press, sued the F.B.I. and the Justice Department on Thursday [8-8-19], alleging that the dismissal was retaliatory and politically motivated. The Justice Department engaged in a ‘politically motivated and retaliatory demotion in January 2018 and public firing in March 2018,’ Mr. McCabe said in his lawsuit. He added that President Trump ‘purposefully and intentionally’ pushed the Justice Department to demote and terminate him as part of an ‘unconstitutional plan’ to discredit and remove Justice Department and F.B.I. employees who were ‘deemed to be his partisan opponents.’ Mr. McCabe, 51, was also the subject of a scathing Justice Department inspector general report that accused him of violating the bureau’s media policy when he authorized the disclosure of information to the press and of misleading investigators about what he had done.”

Katie Benner, “Andrew McCabe, Former F.B.I. Deputy Director, Sues Over His Dismissal,” The New York Times online, August 8, 2019

27,229. 8/6/2019

CALIFORNIA/GOP/LAWSUITS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee — along with the California Republican Party — filed a pair of lawsuits Tuesday [8-6-19] in an attempt to block a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom that requires Trump to release his taxes to qualify for the March 2020 primary ballot…The pair of lawsuits by Trump and the GOP challenging Newsom escalate a battle between the president and Democratic officials in California, who have filed more than 40 lawsuits challenging his administration’s policies on issues ranging from climate change to health care. Dhillon, a member of the RNC and the past vice chair of the California Republican Party, said the state GOP lawsuit is based on the belief that ‘the Constitution sets forth the qualifications for all federal offices … and in term limits cases, states have no right to impose additional qualifications.’”

Carla Marinucci and Jeremy B. White, “New GOP lawsuits challenge Newsom on Trump tax bill,” Politico, August 6, 2019 4:40 pm

27,217. 8/6/2019

CALIFORNIA/LAWSUIT/LEGISLATION/TRUMP TAXES: “President Trump and the Republican National Committee filed a pair of lawsuits on Tuesday [8-6-19] against officials in California challenging a new law requiring presidential candidates to release five years of tax returns in order to be placed on the state primary ballot in 2020. The R.N.C. suit, which was filed in the Eastern District of California and included the California Republican Party and several California Republican voters as plaintiffs, called the law a ‘naked political attack against the sitting president of the United States.’ It was filed against Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California secretary of state. Mr. Trump and his campaign filed a second suit challenging the constitutionality of the new law, and it named the California secretary of state and the state attorney general. In that suit, they argue that states do not have the power to ‘supplement’ the qualifications for the president, set forth by the Constitution.”

Annie Karni, “Trump Campaign Sues Over California’s Requirement to Release Tax Returns,” The New York Times online, August 6, 2019

27,036. 7/30/2019

2016 ELECTION/HILLARY CLINTON/LAWSUIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A federal judge in Manhattan on Monday [7-29-19] dismissed a lawsuit by the Democratic National Committee that had accused President Trump’s 2016 campaign, WikiLeaks and Russia of illegally conspiring to damage Hillary Clinton’s presidential run. The Russian government was clearly ‘the primary wrongdoer’ for hacking into Democratic computers and funneling purloined documents to WikiLeaks to disseminate, found Judge John G. Koeltl of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. But as a foreign sovereign, he wrote, Russia was immune from any liability. Judge Koeltl ruled that the First Amendment protected the actions of WikiLeaks in publishing the documents. The same protections covered Trump campaign officials, who did not release any stolen documents but were eager to benefit from their publication, he found.”

Sharon LaFraniere, “Democrats’ Lawsuit Alleging Trump-Russia Conspiracy Is Dismissed,” The New York Times online, July 30, 2019

26,924. 7/25/2019

DEMS/LAWSUIT/NEW YORK/TRUMP TAXES: “A federal judge decided Thursday [7-25-19] that a different judge should handle President Donald Trump’s suit to prevent House Democrats from obtaining his New York state tax returns, delaying a decision on the president’s request for a restraining order against the Democrats. Judge Trevor McFadden, a Trump appointee, rejected a bid by Trump lawyer William Consovoy to have McFadden hear both that case and a separate lawsuit by Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal seeking the president’s federal returns. At a hearing Thursday, Consovoy argued the cases are so similar that McFadden ought to handle both. But McFadden disagreed, noting one involved federal tax law and the other state law. What’s more, McFadden said, Democrats are plaintiffs in one case and defendants in the other, and that could have ramifications for their legal strategies in the cases…While the New York case will be reassigned to another judge, McFadden will still handle Neal’s lawsuit for Trump’s federal filings. Lawyers for Neal said they did not have an opinion on whether McFadden ought to take both cases.”

Brian Faler, “Trump’s suit to block Democrats from getting his New York tax returns will be handed off to another judge,” Politico, July 25, 2019 6:15 pm

26,843. 7/23/2019

DEMS/LAWSUIT/NEW YORK/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP TAXES: “President Trump sued New York State officials and the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday [7-23-19] to try to block congressional Democrats from using a recently enacted New York law to obtain his state tax returns. The lawsuit, filed by the president’s private lawyers in federal court in Washington, opens a new front in Mr. Trump’s fight to keep his tax returns secret. His administration has already rejected subpoenas from the Ways and Means Committee for his federal tax information, prompting the House to file a lawsuit of its own in recent weeks seeking enforcement. Now Mr. Trump is moving to close a side door opened by Democratic lawmakers in his home state by asking a judge to declare that the Ways and Means Committee ‘lacks a legitimate legislative purpose’ to request his state tax returns. The suit also seeks to nullify the New York law outright before Congress decides whether to use it.”

Nicholas Fandos and Jesse McKinley, “Trump Sues New York and Congress to Shield His State Tax Returns,” The New York Times online, July 23, 2019

26,554. 7/13/2019

FBI/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/LAWSUIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @JudicialWatch: JW announced that it filed a FOIA lawsuit against the DOJ for records of communications between the FBI & former FBI Dep…”

Donald Trump,, July 13, 2019 7:11 am

26,421. 7/10/2019

COURTS/LAWSUIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP BUSINESS: “A federal appeals court panel has unanimously thrown out a lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of violating the Constitution by continuing to do business with foreign and state governments while serving as president. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia — who joined together to file the suit against Trump in 2017 — lacked legal standing to object to his alleged violations of the Constitution’s clauses prohibiting receipt of so-called ‘emoluments’ while in office. Writing for the court, Judge Paul Niemeyer concluded that the case turned on unduly speculative claims that the Washington, D.C. and Maryland governments were being harmed by people favoring Trump’s D.C. hotel in order to curry favor with him. ‘The District and Maryland’s theory of proprietary harm hinges on the conclusion that government customers are patronizing the Hotel because the Hotel distributes profits or dividends to the President, rather than due to any of the Hotel’s other characteristics,’ Niemeyer wrote.”

Josh Gerstein, “Appeals court tosses emoluments suit against Trump,” Politico, July 10, 2019 1:24 pm

26,240. 7/3/2019

DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/LAWSUIT/TRUMP TAXES: “House Democrats’ legal bid for President Donald Trump’s tax returns has been assigned to a district court judge appointed by Trump. Trevor McFadden is slated to hear a suit filed Tuesday [7-3-19] by lawmakers demanding the administration turn over six years of the president’s tax filings. McFadden has previously ruled for the administration in another high-profile fight with Democrats, when he decided that lawmakers did not have the legal standing to sue to prevent Trump from reassigning money appropriated by Congress to build a wall along the border with Mexico. The administration is likely to pursue a similar argument in the tax-return case, experts predict, by contending that the court should not get involved in the long-running battle between Congress and the administration. Trump has defied a decades-old tradition of presidents voluntarily releasing their tax returns. Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) is seeking Trump’s filings under a 1924 law allowing the heads of Congress’s tax committees to examine anyone’s private tax information.”

Brian Faler, “Democrats’ suit for Trump’s tax returns assigned to Trump-appointed judge,” Politico, July 3, 2019 12:18 pm

26,220. 7/2/2019

HOUSE OF REPS/IRS/LAWSUIT/TREASURY/TRUMP TAXES: “The House sued the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday [7-2-19], demanding access to President Trump’s tax returns and escalating a fight with an administration that has repeatedly dismissed as illegitimate its attempt to obtain the financial records. The lawsuit moves the dispute into the federal courts after months of sniping between the Democratic-led House Ways and Means Committee, which requested and then subpoenaed the returns, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. The case may ultimately go to the Supreme Court, and its outcome is likely to determine whether financial information that Mr. Trump has kept closely guarded in spite of longstanding presidential tradition will be viewed by Congress and, ultimately, the public. In Tuesday’s filing, the House argued that the administration’s defiance of its request amounted to ‘an extraordinary attack on the authority of Congress to obtain information needed to conduct oversight of Treasury, the I.R.S. and the tax laws on behalf of the American people.’ It asked a judge to order the defendants to comply.”

Nicholas Fandos and Charlie Savage, “House Files Lawsuit Seeking Disclosure of Trump Tax Returns,” The New York Times online, July 2, 2019

26,207. 7/2/2019

DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/LAWSUIT/TRUMP TAXES: “House Democrats on Tuesday [7-2-19] sued for President Trump’s tax returns, marking the beginning of a high-stakes legal fight over his efforts to keep his taxes secret. Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) filed suit in federal court to enforce a subpoena for the records rejected in May by the administration…Democrats are seeking six years’ worth of Trump’s returns under a 1924 law allowing the leaders of Congress’ tax committees to examine anyone’s confidential tax information. Democrats hope the documents will answer a host of questions about Trump’s finances. Trump has defied a decades-old tradition of presidents voluntarily releasing their returns, and his administration is fighting the effort to force his hand, arguing Democrats do not have a legitimate reason for seeking the information. It is just one of a number of subpoenas the administration is battling, in a larger war over congressional oversight.”

Brian Faler, “House Democrats sue for Trump’s tax returns,” Politico, July 2, 2019 1:52 pm

26,204. 7/2/2019

DEMS/LAWSUIT/NEW YORK/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “For two consecutive days, President Trump turned his Twitter fury against two of the highest elected officials in his home state: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the attorney general, Letitia James, both Democrats. It was not immediately clear what prompted Mr. Trump to lash out; his tweets on Monday [7-1-19] focused on his treatment by Ms. James’s office. Without mentioning Ms. James by name, the president said she was ‘harassing all of my New York businesses in search of anything at all they can find to make me look as bad as possible.’ Mr. Trump continued his tirade on Tuesday [7-2-19], suggesting that New York’s tax rate was driving away residents ‘like never before.’ The outburst prompted a return of fire from Mr. Cuomo on Tuesday, who issued a statement entitled, ‘President Trump’s Day 2 Twitter Tantrum,’ saying Mr. Trump was in ‘la la land.’”

Jesse McKinley and Vivian Wang, “Trump vs. N.Y.: Fact-Checking His Claims of ‘Harassment’ by the State,” The New York Times online, July 2, 2019

26,178. 7/1/2019

LAWSUIT/NEW YORK/TRUMP BUSINESS: “President Donald Trump on Monday [7-1-19] accused New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of deploying Attorney General Tish James as a ‘bludgeoning tool’ in a politically motivated legal campaign against Trump-branded businesses in the state…James was elected New York’s top law enforcement official in November 2018 after former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a frequent antagonist of the Trump administration, resigned in May 2018 amid allegations of physical abuse by several women. The Trump Foundation was forced to shut down in December 2018 and divvy up its remaining funds to various nonprofit groups under an agreement with acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood, who was appointed to carry out the remainder of Schneiderman’s term. The dissolution of the president’s personal charity followed an investigation Schneiderman first launched in September 2016 and a subsequent lawsuit brought by the attorney general’s office in June 2018, alleging that Trump and his children improperly benefited personally and politically from the organization.”

Quint Forgey, “Trump accuses New York of harassing his businesses,” Politico, July 1, 2019 1:34 pm