Donald Trump threatens suit vs Dump Trump online petition creator, lawyer writes to Angelo Carusone

By on Feb 20, 2013 in Business, United States Comments

Donald Trump threatens a lawsuit against Dump Trump online petition creator Angelo Carusone, whose campaign launched last year is asking Macy’s to sever ties with Mr. Trump. The legal threat is reportedly seeking not less than $25 million against Carusone, if he will still continue his protest.

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On the letter (available below) to Angelo Carusone dated December 27, 2012, Alan Garten, Trump‘s lawyer, is demanding him to immediately stop his online campaign against the “Apprentice” star, calling it as a “malicious effort to tortiously interfere with Mr. Trump‘s business and contractual relationships.”

“Rather than simply engage in lawful protest, you have apparently made it your mission to interfere with and intentionally disrupt Mr. Trump‘s longstanding and well-established business relationship with Macy’s as well as his contractual dealings with other third parties through mob-like bullying and coercion.” The letter said.

“Do not test Mr. Trump‘s resolve in protecting his professional name, reputation, and business affairs. Look no further than former Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin, who, just last week, found herself on a wrong side of a $5 million judgement in favor of Mr. Trump, after falsely stating in the press that the Trump-owned Miss USA pageant was both “fixed” and “trashy.” The letter added.

Back in November, the Dump Trump campaign at SignOn.org was able to reach its goal of 525,000 signatures. As of this writing, it has 684,389 signatures with a new goal of 700,000 signatures. His lawyer, Paul Levy of Public Citizen, has responded to Garten‘s letter on January 23, 2013, posted at Citizen.org.

“Your letter repeatedly asserts, without any factual basis, that Carusone has exaggerated the extent to which members of the public have endorsed his boycott effort; you also contend, again without being specific, that Carusone casts Trump in a false light.” Levy wrote, adding that his client is protected under the First Amendment.



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