Trump Organization Files Lawsuit Over Golf Course

New York City canceled company's contract
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 22, 2021 2:44 AM CDT
Updated Jun 22, 2021 6:44 AM CDT
Trump Organization Files Lawsuit Over Golf Course
Patrons play the links as a giant branding sign is displayed with flagstones at Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in the Bronx borough of New York on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

The Trump Organization sued New York City on Monday for cancelling its contract to run a golf course in the Bronx earlier this year, a move it said was politically motivated and should be reversed. The lawsuit, filed in state court, says nothing in the 566-page contract gave New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio the right to terminate the deal after the president's supporters stormed the US Capitol earlier this year. The company is demanding that it be allowed to continue to run the course, which has dramatic views of the Manhattan skyline, or that the city pay millions of dollars to buy them out, the AP reports. The lawsuit is the opening shot in what is expected to be a protracted, and possibly costly, fight between the city and the Trump Organization, according to several lawyers who reviewed the contract and experts familiar with the business practices of the litigious former US president.

“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 Trump Organization said in a statement. The city said Trump was clearly in breach of the contract terms and it will “vigorously defend" its decision. When de Blasio announced he was kicking Trump off the course in January, he cited Trump’s “criminal action” in inciting Capitol rioters, arguing that he could fire him “for cause” and not pay him a dime. The city has also cited a decision by the PGA of America to cancel a tournament that was going to be held at one of Trump's golf courses in New Jersey. The city said that Trump could no longer argue he can attract prestigious tournaments to the Bronx course, called Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, as is required in the contract.

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