Partner Joseph Cammarata was a featured guest on a recent edition of CNN
Tonight with Don Lemon, where he discussed a defamation lawsuit against
President Donald Trump. The lawsuit was filed by Summer Zervos, a former
The Apprentice who received threats after President Trump publicly denounced her allegations
of being groped and said she “made up” her claims for political reasons.
As discussed in the segment, Mr. Cammarata has a unique breadth of insight
related to the case, as he represented Paula Jones in her lawsuit again
President Bill Clinton. In that case, similar to the defamation lawsuit
against President Trump, Clinton and his defense argued that the case
should be delayed until he was out of office. After successfully arguing
to The Supreme Court of the United States, Mr. Cammarata and co-counsel
secured a unanimous ruling that the president did not have immunity, and
allowed the case to proceed.
Mr. Cammarata further discussed whether Manhattan Supreme Court Justice
Jennifer Schecter would allow the case against President Trump to move
forward. As he stated, there is an issue that was left open in the Supreme
Court’s decision in the Paula Jones case, concerning whether a suit
against a President brought in a state court (which is where the Zervos
case is pending) could be put on hold until the President leaves office.
However, the Supreme Court found that a judiciary could properly exercise
its discretion to balance the interests of the President in conducting
official business against the needs of the assault victim to have the
case proceed in an expeditious manner. The Supreme Court therefore let
the Jones case go forward against President Clinton. Mr. Cammarata believes
the result should be the same in the Zervos state court case against President Trump.
In addition to
CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, Mr. Cammarata also
recently appeared on HLN’s
Michaela and the HLN special report
How it Really Happened with Hill Harper to discuss sexual misconduct in the context of the President
Clinton sexual harassment scandal. Mr. Cammarata and our firm have long
been committed to protecting the rights of sexual harassment, assault,
and abuse victims, and are readily available to help those who would like
more information about their rights.
Contact us to speak with a member of our team.