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NY judge delivers Trump a win, orders Michael Cohen to pay up

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Michael Cohen lost a major part of his lawsuit against the Trump Organization.

A New York state court judge ruled Wednesday that Trump’s former personal lawyer will have to be responsible for most of his own legal fees, dismissing most of the now-incarcerated Cohen’s claims in a lawsuit seeking nearly $4 million.

Justice Joel Cohen tossed much of Cohen’s lawsuit which he filed back in March, claiming the Trump Organization had promised to cover the legal costs he incurred related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. The company apparently did pay some of the fees but stopped after reports that Cohen was planning to cooperate with federal prosecutors.

In a hearing earlier this month, the judge questioned Cohen’s claim wondering how the verbal agreement he had with the real estate company could be valid.

“There’s no way for the agreement to be completed within a year,” the judge said at the hearing. “It just means the defendant would have to be on guard forever.”

The Trump Organization had accused Cohen of trying to score a “payday” and asked that the lawsuit be dismissed earlier this year.

Cohen, who is currently serving a three-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in 2018 to campaign finance violations, can still have his costs reimbursed for proceedings and investigations that were pending in July 2017.

But the former Trump attorney’s claim to have his criminal fines and penalties covered by the company was not approved by the judge who ruled that it was “void as against public policy.”

“The judge’s decision was thoughtful and took a large chunk out of the plaintiff’s claims,” Marc Mukasey, an attorney for the Trump Organization, said.

“We look forward to doing away with the leftover claims in due course,” he added.

Frieda Powers


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