Judge rules for the Trump Organization in the fight against the New York golf course

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NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump’s company can continue to operate a public golf course in the Bronx, a judge ruled Friday, saying New York City offered a baseless justification to void the Trump’s contract. Organization to manage the course after the insurrection at the United States Capitol. Last year.

The decision sends the case back to the city “for further proceedings.” It was not immediately clear what it was; a request for comments has been sent to the municipal authorities.

The Trump Organization said the move was a victory for the company and “a victory for justice” and New Yorkers.

The city’s decision to cancel the contract to operate the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point Park was “nothing more than a political vendetta,” the company said in a statement.

After Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in an attempt to prevent the certification of President Joe Biden’s presidential victory on January 6, 2021, then-Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he was quitting. the golf course contract, claiming Trump engaged in “criminal activity” by whipping rioters.

Around the same time, the PGA of America canceled an upcoming tournament at one of Trump’s golf clubs in New Jersey. De Blasio seized on the decision as evidence that Trump violated what the city called a contractual requirement to maintain a course that could attract professional tournaments.

Trump is a Republican. De Blasio and Biden are Democrats.

The president’s son, Eric Trump, denounced the city’s decision at the time, calling it an example of a ‘cancel culture’ and saying the city should pay his family business $30 million to do it. vanish.

Many lawyers and contract experts doubted from the start that the city would prevail.

The terms of the contract never specifically stated that Trump is required to attract tournaments, only obliging him to maintain a “first-class, tournament-quality” course.

Manhattan State Court Judge Debra James agreed that nothing in the contract required Trump’s company to attract professional tournaments to the Bronx course. The city’s claim that the Trump Organization therefore breached the contract “has no legal basis,” James wrote.

The city could have canceled the contract in another way, since it allows the city to terminate the agreement without reason. But the city would be forced to compensate its company for the money it invested in building a clubhouse on the course.

The move is another sign that the Trump Organization is recovering from the trade backlash that followed the Capitol riots.

Several banks refused to do business with the Trump Organization after the riots, raising fears the company could no longer borrow. But the company recently secured a new $100 million loan for commercial and retail space it owns in Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue.

Trump’s company also recently reached a deal to sell its money-losing Washington DC hotel to a Miami-based investment fund for $375 million, far more than many hotel experts thought possible.

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