Five migrant children detained without their families by the Trump administration filed suit Friday alleging abuse, including forcible drugging, while they were held by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).
"The government is cruelly inflicting trauma on children by subjecting them to jail-like conditions for prolonged periods, drugging them with powerful psychotropic medication without oversight or consent, and arbitrarily denying them release to family members," said a statement from the National Center for Youth Law, which has teamed up with the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law to represent the children in court.
The lawsuit details the circumstances under which the children were forcibly medicated. In one case, a 16-year-old girl named "Daniela Marisol lost hope that she would ever be released to her family." She became depressed and was administered at least six psychotropic medications, some of which alone and in combination with each other have been found to increase the risk of suicidality in young adults. Daniela Marisol, who is also partially deaf and has not been supplied with a hearing aid throughout months of detention, has since become suicidal.
In another case, a boy named Miguel became anxious in a months-long detention. He was required to take at least four psychotropic medications that made him "feel itchy, dizzy, aggressive, nauseous, and caused him to gain an unusual amount of weight in a short period of time."
Jared Kushner's family business is suing Jersey City, New Jersey, claiming the construction of one of the company's projects there is being delayed due to "political animus" toward President Trump.
Kushner is Trump's son-in-law, and stepped down as head of Kushner Cos. in January 2017 when he became a Trump adviser. The lawsuit was filed in federal court on Wednesday, and alleges the city "put politics over principle" when it refused to give the Kushner Cos. a tax break for the twin-tower project One Journal Square. Kushner Cos. had wanted a 30-year tax break, but after Kushner's sister, Nicole Meyer-Kushner, went to China and showed investors marketing material tying the company to the White House, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said the city would oppose the break.
In April, the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency said the developers of One Journal Square were in default, having missed the deadline to start construction. Kushner Cos. is suing to stop the city from ending the project's contract and seeking to declare the default notice as null and void, The Associated Press reports. Fulop said in an email the Kushners do not "have a great deal of credibility in anything they say. The same way they illegally use the presidency to make money is the same way here they try to use the presidency to be pretend victims. They will do anything to manipulate a situation." Catherine Garcia
On Tuesday, 18 attorneys general joined together to file a lawsuit against the Trump administration's separation of undocumented migrant children from their parents at the border, with New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood's office calling the practice "irrationally discriminatory" because it "targets only people crossing our southwestern border, the majority of whom are from Latin America, and not anyone crossing the northern border or entering the United States elsewhere."
The Trump administration enacted a "zero tolerance" policy that in recent weeks resulted in at least 2,300 kids being separated from their parents, and the lawsuit argues the administration "violated the constitutional due process rights of the parents and children by separating them as a matter of course and without any finding that the parent poses a threat to the children." Last week, Trump signed an executive order that he said stopped the separations, but the order does not say the policy of prosecuting undocumented adults is over.
The participating attorneys general, all Democrats, are from California, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. Catherine Garcia
The European Union has opened a case challenging the Trump administration's steel and aluminum tariffs at the World Trade Organization (WTO). The tariffs went into effect Friday morning over the protests of U.S. allies in Europe as well as Canada and Mexico, and European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom initiated the case immediately thereafter.
"We are not in a trade war, but we are in a very difficult situation caused by the United States," Malmstrom said. "I would not use the term 'trade war,' because it has a psychological effect," she continued, but the "U.S. is playing a dangerous game here. [For the EU] not responding will be the same as accepting these tariffs, which we consider illegal under WTO rules."
Malmstrom cast the Trump administration and China, which is the subject of a separate WTO case brought by the EU, as threats to the global market. "If players in the world do not stick to the rule book, the system might collapse," she said. In addition to the case, the EU plans to levy retaliatory tariffs against America.
A lawyer for former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos, who has accused President Trump of sexual assault and is suing him for defamation, said on Wednesday she has issued subpoenas to the company that owns archives of The Apprentice and the Beverly Hills Hotel, where Zervos says she was groped by Trump in 2007.
"We're gathering evidence that we believe will prove that the defendant lied when he falsely denigrated Ms. Zervos and when he denied sexually assaulting her," attorney Mariann Wang told The New York Times. Wang said Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has been asked to hand over any documents, video, or audio featuring Zervos or Trump talking about Zervos, as well as any recording where Trump can be heard discussing women "in any sexual or inappropriate manner." The subpoena for the Beverly Hills Hotel seeks records from any of Trump's stays from 2005 to 2009, as well as documents related to his bodyguard Keith Schiller, his assistant Rhona Graff, or Zervos.
Zervos came forward with her accusations during Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. He denied the allegations and called her a liar, which resulted in Zervos filing a defamation lawsuit last year. In March, over the objections of Trump's lawyers, a judge in New York ruled her suit could proceed. Catherine Garcia
Actress Ashley Judd filed a lawsuit Monday in Los Angeles County against Harvey Weinstein, accusing the disgraced former producer of sexual harassment, defamation, and retaliation.
In her lawsuit, Judd says Weinstein invited her to a breakfast meeting at a Beverly Hills hotel room about 20 years ago, and greeted her in only a bathrobe. He asked her for a massage and to watch him shower, the suit claims, and when she refused, he told Peter Jackson, the director of the Lord of the Rings movies, that Judd was a "nightmare to work with" and needed to be avoided "at all costs." Late last year, Jackson told a New Zealand media outlet that this conversation took place.
A spokesman for Weinstein denied the allegations and claimed Weinstein "championed her work" and approved Judd for casting in two of his movies, 2002's Frida and 2009's Crossing Over. Judd first came forward with the allegations against Weinstein last year, when she spoke with The New York Times. Catherine Garcia
A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia do have the legal standing to sue President Trump for allegedly receiving improper payments from states and foreign governments through the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., in violation of the Constitution.
The emoluments clause of the Constitution prohibits the president and other federal officials from accepting payments or gifts from states and foreign governments. The Trump International Hotel opened in 2016, and the plaintiffs argue that it has an unfair advantage over other hotels in the area because of its link to Trump. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte said their allegation is "bolstered by explicit statements from certain foreign government officials indicating that they are clearly choosing to stay at the president's hotel because, as one representative of a foreign government has stated, they want him to know 'I love your new hotel.'"
The Trump Organization has never publicly shared how much money has been spent at the hotel by foreign governments and states, but prosecutors could seek those documents if the suit progresses, NBC News reports. Catherine Garcia
A New York judge on Tuesday rejected President Trump's motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed by Summer Zervos, a contestant on The Apprentice in 2005.
Zervos has claimed that in 2007, Trump kissed her on the lips twice in his New York office, making her "uncomfortable, nervous, and embarrassed." She also alleged that while at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Trump kissed and groped her, and pressed his genitals against her. In January 2017, Zervos filed a defamation suit against Trump, after he made inflammatory comments on the campaign trail about Zervos and other women who accused him of sexual misconduct.
In her decision, Judge Jennifer Schecter wrote that "no one is above the law" and "nothing in the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution even suggests that the president cannot be called to account before a state court for wrongful conduct that bears no relationship to any federal executive responsibility." Trump's attorney, Marc Kasowitz, has argued that Trump's comments were just political rhetoric, and on Tuesday, he said he will appeal the decision. Catherine Garcia