Federal Judge Allows Emoluments Clause Lawsuit Against Trump to Go Forward

  • March 29, 2018

On March 28, 2018, a federal judge sitting in Maryland allowed a landmark lawsuit against Donald Trump, prompted by his violations of the Domestic and Foreign Emoluments Clauses of the United States Constitution, to go forward, rejecting parts of Mr. Trump’s motion to dismiss the case. On November 28, 2017, ECBAWM had filed an amicus curiae brief in support of the Plaintiffs on behalf of Sarah P. Chayes, an internationally recognized expert in corruption and kleptocratic regimes who argued that Trump’s business interests promote corruption, undermine U.S. foreign policy, and threaten American democracy. The Complaint was filed on behalf of the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia. The New York Times, the Washington Post, Slate, and Vox, among other outlets, have covered this recent development.

ECBAWM attorneys Ilann M. Maazel and Emma Freeman represent Sarah Chayes.