Trump Organization Files Lawsuit Against NYC for Canceling Golf Course Contract
The lawsuit argues the move was politically motivated and should be reversed
The Trump Organization has filed a lawsuit against New York City after it canceled its contract to run a golf course in the Bronx.
The lawsuit argues the move was politically motivated and should be reversed.
The suit also says there is nothing in the 566-page contract that gave New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio power to terminate the deal.
The company now demands it can continue running the course, or the city pays millions of dollars to buy them out.
The lawsuit between Trump and NYC is expected to be costly, according to several lawyers who reviewed the contract.
The Trump Organization said in a statement:
“Mayor de Blasio’s actions are purely politically motivated, have no legal merit, and are yet another example of the mayor’s efforts to advance his own partisan agenda and interfere with free enterprise."
The city argues Trump was n breach of the contract terms, and it will “vigorously defend” its decision.
Earlier this year, De Blasio cited Trump’s “criminal action” in inciting Capitol rioters and said he could fire him “for cause” and not pay him a dime.
Since the Jan. 6 violence, many banks and brokers have also refused to continue business with Trump's company.
The city also cited a decision by the PGA of America to cancel a tournament that was meant to be held at one of Trump’s golf courses in New Jersey.
The city argues Trump can no longer argue he can attract prestigious tournaments to the Bronx course, called Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, which is required in the contract.
But the Trump organization argues the contract doesn’t require it to attract tournaments and only obliging it to maintain a course that is “first-class, tournament quality.”
It also attached letters from golf organizations and famous golfers, including Dustin Johnson and U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau whose ay course met that standard.
In the past, the city argued the Trump Organization was “overly restrictive” in its interpretation of the phrase “first-class, tournament quality,” saying it needed to show Trump is incapable of attracting tournaments for whatever reason.
As per the terms of the contract, New York City can terminate its deal with Trump at any time.
However, the city would be obligated to compensate his company for the money it invested in the construction of the clubhouse on the course.