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Chris Dolmetsch

Trump International Accused of Bullying Panama Hotel Owners

Most of the unit owners in the Trump International Hotel & Tower Panama want to get rid of the president’s hotel-management company. It refuses to go without a fight and, according to the owners, is trying to bully them into backing down.

Manafort Sued by Russian Billionaire Deripaska Over TV Deal

President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort was sued by a company tied to Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, who claims he was defrauded after giving $18.9 million to Manafort to invest in a Ukrainian cable television venture.

Turkish Banker's Trial Jury Breaks Without Reaching a Verdict

Jurors considering the fate of Turkish bank executive Mehmet Hakan Atilla, who is charged with trying to help Iran avoid U.S. sanctions, ended three days of deliberations without a verdict and will return to court on Jan. 3 to weigh the case further.

Zarrab in Jail Said Lying Required to Get Leniency

Reza Zarrab, the Turkish currency trader who admitted helping Iran move billions of dollars in violation of U.S. financial sanctions, said in a recorded jailhouse conversation that he needed to lie about his own crimes to get a reduced sentence, according to a summary of his words.

Gold Trader to Tell Jury Inside Story of Turkish Corruption

Reza Zarrab, a Turkish-Iranian gold trader at the center of an international corruption case, is set to tell a New York jury the “inside story” of a plot to evade American sanctions on Iran that reached the highest levels of Turkey’s government, a prosecutor said.

Wilbur Ross Sued by Firm's Ex-Managing Directors Over Fees

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and the company he founded, WL Ross & Co., were sued by three former managing directors who claim the corporate entities created to handle equity funds were improperly charged millions of dollars in fees.

Anthony Weiner Sentenced to 21 Months in Prison

Anthony Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in prison for exchanging sexually explicit messages with a 15-year-old girl, capping the spectacular fall of the former congressman whose self-destructive behavior wrecked his career and marriage and played a role in the final days of the 2016 presidential campaign.

Kushner Mall Deal Was Rushed Through, New Jersey Residents Tell Judge

Four residents of a town near the New Jersey shore urged a judge to block a $300 million plan by a company owned by the family of White House senior adviser Jared Kushner to revitalize an aging mall, saying approval of the project was rushed to suit the developers without adequate public input.

Trump Ally Giuliani to Aid Turkish Dealer in Sanctions Case

An Iranian-Turkish gold dealer hired two confidants of President Donald Trump to help defend him against U.S. charges of using his network of companies to circumvent federal sanctions on Iran and possibly bring an end to the case.

Trump Immigration Ban Bound for Supreme Court, Now or Later

President Donald Trump’s effort to bar travelers from seven mostly Muslim nations is on a track to the U.S. Supreme Court, which may eventually decide how much authority the executive branch has on immigration and national security.

Trump Loses Bid to Restart Travel Ban While Court Hears Appeals

A U.S. appeals court declined to immediately reinstate President Donald Trump’s immigration restrictions, leaving visa holders and refugees from seven predominantly Muslim nations free to travel to the U.S. as arguments over the president’s authority wind toward a possible Supreme Court showdown.

California’s Attorney General Pick Seen as Foil in Trump Era

Longtime Los Angeles lawmaker Xavier Becerra, a Hillary Clinton ally who might have been in her cabinet if she had become president, was named as California’s attorney general, a post that may put him in sharp conflict with the incoming Trump administration.

Trump University Trial Judge Refuses to Bar All Campaign Remarks

Donald Trump’s request to prevent former Trump University students from introducing any of his campaign statements at their fraud trial this month was tentatively denied, but the judge said he’ll consider excluding specific statements once the case gets underway. Story Link

Trump Wants to Exclude Campaign Statements From Fraud Trial

Donald Trump doesn’t want to be judged by statements he makes as the Republican presidential nominee, at least not by jurors who are set to decide next month whether he defrauded hundreds of students through his namesake real-estate school.

Former Trump Adviser Nunberg Agrees to Drop Campaign Suit

Parties agreed to drop suit according to court documents filed Thursday. Terms of the agreement weren’t disclosed. Trump claimed former campaign consultant Sam Nunberg breached a confidentiality clause by leaking information to New York Post about a public argument involving two of his top staffers. Nunberg sued to block Trump’s arbitration claim, in which the presidential candidate sought $10 million in damages.

Ex-Trump Adviser Nunberg Wins Block of Arbitration

A former campaign adviser to presumptive Republican Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump won a ruling temporarily blocking the campaign from pursuing an arbitration claim seeking $10 million for breaching a confidentiality clause.

Trump University Fraud Case Revived by New York Appeals Court

Ruling by four-judge panel in Manhattan means Trump University must defend against two fraud claims in a lawsuit by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Restored fraud claim allows attorney general to seek certain monetary penalties against the school Schneiderman sued Donald Trump and Trump University in August 2013, alleging the school swindled students out of $40m Related: Trump Says Judge in University Case Biased Because He’s Hispanic