Stormy Officially Ordered to Pay Back Trump - Much More Than The Alleged "Hush Money"
In a decision Tuesday, U.S. District Judge James Otero ordered Stormy Daniels to pay $293,000 to President Trump for his legal fees.
The amount ordered by the federal judge only covers 75% of his total legal bill, but it's another big win to add to President Trumps huge collection of wins.
According to The Hill,
After the defamation case failed, Trump’s attorneys had requested that Daniels pay them $340,000 in legal fees.
Otero, writing that Trump’s attorneys spent “excessive” time on the case, ordered Daniels to pay about 75 percent of Trump’s legal fees, plus an additional $1,000 in sanctions.
Trump’s attorney, Charles Harder, praised Tuesday’s decision as “a total victory for the President, and a total defeat for Stormy Daniels in this case.”
The $1,000 in sanctions comes from what President Trump’s legal council declared as punishment for having “filed a meritless lawsuit against the President designed to chill his free speech rights”.
According to CNBC,
Daniels's lawyer Michael Avenatti told CNBC in a text message predicted that Daniels will never have to pay Trump the $293,052.33 in attorneys' fees and sanctions because of other legal claims she still has against the president.
"Harder and Trump deserve each other because they are both dishonest," Avenatti wrote."They received less than one half what they asked for because the request was gross and excessive."
Avenatti's text referenced the fact that Daniels has a pending lawsuit against Trump that seeks damages in connection with a non-disclosure agreement that she has with him.
Trump’s legal team’s hourly fees reach up to $840 per hour, which Judge Otero deemed reasonable. However, he decided the 580 hours spent on the court case was excessive.
As the Western Journal reported,
Daniels alleges she had an affair with Trump in 2006 and was paid $130,000 as part of a nondisclosure agreement days before the 2016 presidential election. She sued him for defamation after he dismissed her claims of being threatened to keep quiet about the tryst as a “total con job.” The judge threw out the case in October.
President Trump's legal team considers this a big victory the efforts to protect the President's name against what he labels as false accusations.