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Stormy Daniels ordered to pay President Trump $292G in legal fees

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Adult film star Stormy Daniels must pay President Trump $293,000 in legal fees, a judge ruled on Tuesday.

"The U.S. District Court today ordered Stormy Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford) to pay President Trump $292,052.33 to reimburse his attorneys’ fees (75% of his total legal bill), plus an additional $1,000 in sanctions to punish Daniels for having filed a meritless lawsuit against the President designed to chill his free speech rights," Charles J. Harder, the president's legal counsel, said in a statement.

"The court’s order," Harder said, "along with the court’s prior order dismissing Stormy Daniels’ defamation case against the President, together constitute a total victory for the President, and a total defeat for Stormy Daniels in this case."

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https://www.foxnews.com/politics/stormy-daniels-ordered-to-pay-president-trump-292g-in-legal-fees

Now she can sue her shyster lawyer.
 

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Adult film star Stormy Daniels must pay President Trump $293,000 in legal fees, a judge ruled on Tuesday.

"The U.S. District Court today ordered Stormy Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford) to pay President Trump $292,052.33 to reimburse his attorneys’ fees (75% of his total legal bill), plus an additional $1,000 in sanctions to punish Daniels for having filed a meritless lawsuit against the President designed to chill his free speech rights," Charles J. Harder, the president's legal counsel, said in a statement.

"The court’s order," Harder said, "along with the court’s prior order dismissing Stormy Daniels’ defamation case against the President, together constitute a total victory for the President, and a total defeat for Stormy Daniels in this case."

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https://www.foxnews.com/politics/stormy-daniels-ordered-to-pay-president-trump-292g-in-legal-fees

Now she can sue her shyster lawyer.

"Chill his free speech rights?" Please....utter bs.
 

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My opinion on this has changed. As much as I still consider Trump to be an ass, how Daniels went about this set up this conclusion.
 

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Good! She should have kept her mouth shut.
 

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I feel no pity for Cliffords, but Avennati was the real instigator. He should be the one paying Trump’s lawyers.
 

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Though per the article, there is a larger outstanding judgement against Trump.


Babble:
- Hrmm, well defamation usually requires there be some sort of pecuniary loss. But she went on all sorts of appearances, did a strip tour, published a book. Granted, that was generally based on the events not the defamation, but the defamation was related and you can't really say it cost her anything.

- She can sue Avenetti for malpractice if this really was such a hopeless suit.

- 500 hours they racked up and had only got as far as a motion to dismiss? Bear in mind, a lawsuit is only dismissed if on the facts as alleged it does not state a cause of action. I have to suspect there was a case directly on point about the 1st Amd. where they were, since I'd find it surprising if it were an open question; if it hadn't been settled, then the lawyer/plaintiff can't fairly be said to have violated whatever it was (there are various statutes about attorney fees being awarded, but there are also Rule 11 sanctions that can include paying the other side's fees). And even if it was settled, only frivolous arguments for a change in law lead to R11 sanctions.

FYI:

https://www.law.cornell.edu/rules/frcp/rule_11

Not going statute hunting.

Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti quickly reacted, declaring the ruling wouldn't survive an appeal. "Charles Harder and Trump deserve each other because they are both dishonest," Avenatti tweeted.

No, moron, you do not publicly insult the other side's lawyer unless you want to piss off the courts even more (possibly the BBO?).
 
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