Mary Trump’s publisher claims no knowledge of NDA after judge’s halt order; says tell-all has shipped
An attorney for the president’s niece says they will appeal the ruling, claiming the halt is a violation of the First Amendment.
July 1, 2020
FOX NEWS – The publisher of a “tell-all” book by a niece of President Trump said it might be unable to prevent her book from becoming public — adding it was unaware of any non-disclosure agreement that would prevent the book from being published — after a judge ordered a temporary halt on its release, according to reports.
Simon & Schuster said it had already shipped out thousands of a 75,000-copy run of Mary Trump’s “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.”
The books had already been printed before the New York Supreme Court judge’s ruling, The Washington Post reported.
The book is scheduled to be released July 28 — less than four months before the presidential election — but Judge Hal Greenwald issued a temporary restraining order until he can hear arguments next week after the president’s younger brother, Robert Trump, filed a court action … Read more.
June 30, 2020
New York (CNN Business) – A New York judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked the publication of an unflattering tell-all book written by President Trump’s niece that Simon & Schuster is set to publish in July.
The ruling, issued by Judge Hal B. Greenwald of the New York State Supreme Court, the state’s trial court, is the first legal win for Robert S. Trump, the younger brother of the President.
Robert Trump has sought to block the book by Mary Trump, the President’s niece, contending it violates a confidentiality agreement related to the estate of the President’s father, Fred Trump.
“Robert Trump is very pleased with the New York Supreme Court’s injunction against Mary Trump and Simon & Schuster,” Charles Harder, Robert Trump’s attorney, said in a statement.
Calling the actions of Mary Trump and Simon & Schuster “reprehensible,” Harder added that he looked forward to “vigorously litigating this case.”
“Short of corrective action to immediately cease their egregious conduct, we will pursue this case to the very end,” Harder said.
In addition to his work for Robert Trump, Harder has a history of filing lawsuits against news organizations on behalf of President Trump …
Simon & Schuster describes Mary Trump’s book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” as a “revelatory, authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the toxic family that made him.”
The book, the publisher says, will shine “a bright light on the dark history of their family in order to explain how her uncle became the man who now threatens the world’s health, economic security, and social fabric … ” Read more.