Trump Ordered to Pay New York Times Hundreds of Thousands for Frivolous Lawsuit

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Former President Trump is now obligated to pay The New York Times approximately $400,000 in legal fees, according to a ruling on Friday by a New York judge.

The previous year, Trump filed a lawsuit against the newspaper, which the judge subsequently dismissed.

The former president is obligated to remit $392,638.69 to the New York Times and three of its reporters for legal fees associated with the lawsuit he filed against them and his niece, Mary Trump, in 2021, according to an order issued by New York Supreme Court Justice Robert Reed on Friday.

Reed issued the following directives: award $229,921 to the Times and reporters Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner, and $162,717.69 to reporter David Barstow.

The Times reporters and Reed’s niece were charged in the lawsuit, which Reed dismissed in May of last year, with conspiring to obtain confidential tax documents that were utilized by the journalists in a 2018 article.

Trump alleged in the lawsuit that the reporters encouraged his niece to divulge the confidential tax documents, which renders them liable.

The ex-president claimed that his niece violated confidentiality stipulations from a prior settlement between the two parties by delivering the documents to the reporters.

Reed argued that the courts upheld the journalists’ right to partake in newsgathering endeavors without apprehension in the ruling that dismissed the lawsuit.

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