Judge lifts Trump’s sanction, for now; $997 million settlement offered in condo collapse


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Weekly Briefings: Judge Lifts Trump Sanction, For Now; $997 million settlement offered in condo collapse

Former President Donald Trump in August 2019. Photo by Shutterstock.

Judge willing to accept $110,000, cooperation to end Trump sanction

A New York trial judge on Wednesday lifted a $10,000 daily civil contempt penalty against former President Donald Trump. But Judge Arthur Engoron warned that the sanction could be reinstated if Trump did not pay $110,000 in accrued fines and continued to cooperate in the New York attorney general’s quest to review his personal records. Engoron suspended the daily fine after Trump’s attorneys filed documents showing a thorough search of the records. The state’s attorney general requested the documents as part of a civil investigation into the valuation of the assets of the Trump Organization. (The New York Times, CNN)

Victims of condo collapse offered $997 million settlement

Victims of the condominium tower collapse in Surfside, Florida, have reached a $997 million interim settlement with a variety of defendants, including insurance companies and developers of an adjacent building. Judge Michael Hanzman of Miami Dade County, Florida, said the figure was “fantastic” and much higher than he had expected. He previously approved an $83 million settlement for condo owners’ economic losses. (New York Times, Associated Press)

Judge launches Trump lawsuit to challenge Twitter ban

A federal judge in San Francisco has dismissed former President Donald Trump’s lawsuit challenging his Twitter ban. U.S. District Judge James Donato of the Northern District of California said in his May 6 ruling that Twitter is a private company and the First Amendment does not restrict its decisions. (Reuters, Courthouse News Service, The New York Times, the judge’s decision)

Judge won’t sanction Google for emails copied by lawyer

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta of the District of Columbia will not sanction Google for its alleged efforts to shield emails from lawsuit disclosure. Google had asked employees to copy the attorneys and add a “privilege” tag. Mehta told a hearing on Thursday that he would not punish the company for the practice, but he wanted to make sure the emails are reviewed to ensure the company meets disclosure obligations in a government antitrust case. (Bloomberg News)

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