You’re Dismissed! Donald Trump Loses Libel Suit Over Claim That He is a Mere Millionaire

225px-DonaldTrumpFeb09Donald Trump is vowing to appeal the ruling by Camden County superior court judge Michele Fox that he was not defamed when Timothy L. O’Brien’s 2005 book “Trump Nation: The Art of Being the Donald” claimed that he was worth only between $150 million and $250 million –rather than being the billionaire that he claims on television.

The case turned on the actual malice standard from New York Times v. Sullivan, where the Supreme Court required that public figures prove that writers either knew that a statement was false or acted in reckless disregard of the truth. Judge Fox ruled that the writing was clearly not malicious and dismissed the case against O’Brien and Warner Books.

In a 2007 deposition, Trump insisted “I am a billionaire, many times over, on a conservative basis.”

After the summary judgment, Trump responded that “it tells you how unfair the libel laws are. We proved our case.”

Trump had tried to get the names of the anonymous sources cited in the book.

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4 thoughts on “You’re Dismissed! Donald Trump Loses Libel Suit Over Claim That He is a Mere Millionaire”

  1. “The Donald” is a clown of epic proportions….what a weird, loser…He is a real estate scam artist and a slimey POS to boot…..What a colossal ego he has….besides, WHO CARES ?

    He is the Paris Hilton of “wannabe’s”……next

  2. Trump’s total assets AND debt IS in the billions, but his net worth is in the millions, so the author was right. Screwing those numbers up is what bankrupted The Donald in the first place. Yes, The Art Of The Fool.

  3. I bet he tells all the ladys that he has more than he does. Maybe thats why he has not what he has anymore.

    But a question that begs answering: If he get divorced again, can he claim that he was mistaken and that he was really financially destitute and that he would have to file bankruptcy again to protect his assets? Or was that a Fraud on the Court? Can you answer that Donald?

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