Friday, August 5, 2016

Trump Confidentiality Arbitration

Can you have it both ways? A former Donald Trump campaign staffer is asking a court keep a dispute from proceeding in arbitration. The Trump Campaign is accusing Samuel Nunberg of breaching a confidentiality agreement by allegedly leaking information to Politico about a confrontation between top staffers. Nunberg also is charged with disparaging staffers in an article published by GQ magazine. Trump is seeking at least $10 million in a claim first made at the American Arbitration Association. Nunberg asserts that the Trump Campaign is attempting to chill his free speech rights, so he is looking to a New York Supreme Court judge to stop the arbitration. The campaign accused Nunberg of attempting not only to propel himself back into the spotlight, but to use the court as a vehicle to disclose confidential information violating the agreement. Nunberg states while it may be the philosophy of the Trump Campaign that all publicity is good publicity, his arguments over arbitration are not a stunt. Reportedly, each side is fighting over which of two agreements is operative-- a consulting agreement with the presidential exploratory committee or an earlier agreement with another Trump entity. It appears that the latter contains an arbitration clause while the former mandates disputes in New York court. At issue, is screaming between former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and campaign spokesperson Hope Hicks also reported in the NY Post's Page Six. Nunberg's lawyer maintains embarrassing shouting on a public street can hardly qualify as confidential and that a citizen of a free country should be protected against prior restraints of speech. Maybe not. See full story here--