Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves A New York Judge and the approval of a release of a Trump Tell All book.
A New York court on Wednesday lifted a temporary restraining order against the publication of a book by President Trump’s niece, enabling publisher Simon & Schuster to continue printing and distributing the explosive insider account by Mary L. Trump.
The brother of Donald Trump, Robert, filed a petition last week asking that Mary Trump and the publisher be prevented from publishing the book, citing a confidentiality agreement signed by Mary Trump two decades ago as part of a settlement in an inheritance dispute.
Tuesday, a state Supreme Court judge agreed to impose the restraining order to allow the parties to present their arguments next week, raising doubts about whether it would be published.
Then the Supreme Court’s appellate division on Wednesday lifted the restraining order that had been imposed on Simon & Schuster, while leaving in place the one regarding Mary Trump. That effectively enables the publisher to continue distributing copies of the book in preparation for the planned July 28 publication, even as the overall merits of the case are argued.
Mary Trump’s lawyer, Theodore Boutrous Jr., said that he plans to file a detailed brief on Thursday explaining why he believes the restraining order on his client should also be lifted.
Simon & Schuster in a statement said that it was gratified with the decision to overturn the temporary restraining order and, citing what it called “well established precedents against prior restraint and pre publication injunctions,” said it is confident that the effort to impose a preliminary injunction also will be denied.
In the ruling Wednesday, Judge Allen D. Scheinkman noted that the confidential agreement barred each side from disclosing the terms of the settlement or “publishing any description of the litigation or their relationships” without the consent of all parties. Although Mary Trump had agreed in that settlement that she or her agent could be subject to penalty if it was violated, Scheinkman said he did not find that Simon & Schuster qualified as her agent because it was not party to the original agreement.
He also lifted the restraining order against the publisher, wrote that “whatever legitimate public interest there may have been in the family disputes of a real estate developer and his relatives may be considerably heightened by that real estate developer now being President of the United States and a current candidate for re election.”
Even though the appellate division lifted the temporary restraining order, the effort by Robert Trump to gain a temporary injunction against publication is expected to continue. Robert Trump’s lawyer, Charles J. Harder, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.