A judge ruled Wednesday that Simon & Schuster (S&S), the publisher of a memoir by President TrumpDonald TrumpJulian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy Overnight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Five takeaways from Arizona's audit results MORE’s niece, is not bound by a confidentiality agreement she signed, which the president’s brother has cited to block the book's release.
Judge Alan Scheinkman of the New York Supreme Court’s appellate division upheld a restraining order against Mary TrumpMary TrumpMary Trump calls Donald Trump Jr. her 'stupidest' relative The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - House Democrats plagued by Biden agenda troubles Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history MORE, which she signed as part of the settlement of the president’s father’s estate.
Scheinkman agreed that “While Ms. Trump unquestionably possesses the same First Amendment expressive rights belonging to all Americans, she also possesses the right to enter into contracts, including the right to contract away her First Amendment rights.”
However, the book publisher has not entered into any such agreement and is thus protected by the First Amendment, he wrote.
"S&S is not a party to the settlement agreement. The only basis offered by the plaintiff to extend the temporary restraining order to S&S are the allegations that S&S 'intends to act' on Ms. Trump’s behalf in causing the publication of the book and that S&S is acting at Ms. Trump’s direction and in concert with her," he wrote.
"However, these allegations are conclusory and not supported by any specific factual averments. Unlike Ms. Trump, S&S has not agreed to surrender or relinquish any of its First Amendment rights," he added.
"It is very good news that the prior restraint against Simon & Schuster has been vacated, and we look forward to filing our brief tomorrow in the trial court explaining why the same result is required as to Ms. Trump, based on the First Amendment and basic contract law," Mary Trump’s lawyer Ted Boutrous said in a statement Wednesday.
The book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man,” is set to publish July 28.