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Judge: Donald Trump entitled to attorney fees

Two businessmen must cover developer's legal costs in Broward Circuit Court case

June 25, 2014 09:45AM

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Less than a week after Donald Trump was hit with a sanction by a federal judge in one of the lawsuits tied to the scuttled Trump International Hotel & Tower project, the celebrity developer notched a victory in Broward Circuit Court.

Retired Boston restaurateur John Taglieri and Crest Ultrasonics CEO J. Michael Goodson must cover some of the costs for Trump’s legal defense after the businessmen unsuccessfully sued the developer and the Trump Organization in an attempt to recover unit deposits at the Fort Lauderdale condo-hotel. Judge Jeffrey Streitfeld granted Trump’s motion for fees on Tuesday. The specific amount will be determined during the next hearing.

The judge ruled that before the trial began, Trump’s attorney asked the court to award his side attorney fees if it won the case, according to the Daily Business Review. Attorneys for the plaintiffs argued the claim for fees was unclear and should not be enforceable.

Trump is still dealing with lawsuits tied to condo developments in 10 cities, including Sunny Isles Beach and Tampa. [Daily Business Review]Eric Kalis

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