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Trump argues Letitia James can't sue Trump Organization because 'no entity as such exists'

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 1/28/2023 Max Thornberry
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Former President Donald Trump dropped his lawsuits against New York Attorney General Letitia James but hasn't given up on fighting her.

In a lengthy filing Thursday night, attorneys for Trump and others associated with the Trump Organization claimed the $250 million fraud suit James brought in September has a gaping hole. The "Trump Organization" is a branding tool, not a legal entity, they said.

"While the shorthand 'Trump Organization' is utilized by Defendants for branding and business purposes, no entity as such exists for legal purposes," according to the filing. "The definitions of 'Trump Organization' and 'Defendants' are used by the Attorney General, improperly group Defendants together, without regard to the nature or discrete legal identity of each Defendant."


Attorneys repeat the complaint several times throughout the 300-page filing.

James's suit names Trump, along with his children, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump, former Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg, as well as other people and entities associated with the company. Donald Trump's attorneys attempted to exploit James's suit lumping the defendants and the organization together as a means to have the suit thrown out.

However, the suit does not sue anything called the "Trump Organization," Business Insider pointed out.

Over the last week, it appeared as though Donald Trump was throttling back on his attempt to fight the suit, which claims the former president regularly lied about his assets and worth in order to save hundreds of millions of dollars. The suit would block Donald Trump and his family from doing business in New York, where his business is headquartered, even after he decamped to Mar-a-Lago after leaving the White House.

On Friday, Jan. 20, Donald Trump dropped a lawsuit he filed against James in a Florida federal district court. The suit claimed she had violated his First and 14th Amendment rights by targeting him with the fraud case. The move came a day after the Florida court ordered him and an attorney to pay a nearly $1 million fine for filing a "frivolous" lawsuit against Hillary Clinton and others.


Days later, "Donald J. Trump and Trump Organization LLC" submitted a one-sentence document withdrawing an appeal in the 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals.

A trial has been set for James's suit in New York Supreme Court in October.


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