Former President Donald Trump has for years been attacked by many of his enemies via the courts with a wide variety of lawsuits alleging all sorts of misdeeds and wrongdoing.
However, Trump just earned major victories in two separate pieces of litigation he faced, as one lawsuit was dropped by an accuser, and another filed by a former associate was dismissed by the court, the New York Post reported.
The suit that was dropped was a claim of defamation brought by former The Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos, while the dismissed case was one brought by Trump’s former personal attorney and aide Michael Cohen against the Trump Organization.
Defamation suit dropped
The Post reported that in a court filing Friday that Zervos had dropped her defamation suit against Trump, which had been filed in response to his vehement denial of allegations she raised during the 2016 election that Trump had groped and kissed her while she was a contestant on his The Apprentice show in 2007.
The filing made clear that the lawsuit was discontinued and dismissed with prejudice — meaning the same claims couldn’t be made again in a new suit — and that both parties in the case were responsible for their own legal fees.
A statement from Zervos’ attorneys, however, said that she still stood by her prior claims and made clear that she had received no compensation in dropping the lawsuit.
“The lawsuit brought by a woman who made up false accusations against President Trump for publicity or money has just been dropped in its totality,” a statement from Trump’s Save America PAC said. “The Fake News Media totally and completely distorted the facts — they are corrupt. President Trump has been totally vindicated. No money of any kind, or legal fees, were paid by President Trump.”
Cohen’s lawsuit dismissed
Meanwhile, also in a New York courtroom, Fox News reported that a judge ruled in favor of a Trump motion to dismiss a pending lawsuit filed by Cohen in 2019.
The convicted and disgraced former attorney had claimed that the Trump Organization had failed to fulfill an obligation to indemnify him and pay his legal fees in relation to any sort of investigation he may be subjected to in relation to his work for the former president’s family business.
The judge overseeing the case, however, determined that Cohen’s legal fees had stemmed from issues unrelated to the Trump Organization itself, and therefore the company couldn’t be held responsible for covering those costs.
“Today’s incredible victory for the Trump Organization puts an end to the frivolous litigation by convicted felon Michael Cohen,” a spokesperson for the company said in a statement. “While the Southern District of New York already found that Mr. Cohen engaged in a ‘smorgasbord of fraudulent conduct … motivated by personal greed and ambition,’ Mr. Cohen attempted to invent a basis for requiring the Trump Organization to pay his legal fees for personal criminal conduct (including perjury).”
“Mr. Cohen’s attempts at self-enrichment, however, once again failed. Having won this case, we now look forward to seeking monetary damages against Mr. Cohen for all of his despicable conduct,” the spokesperson added.