Trump Place Does Not Have to Be a Forever Name, Judge Says

  • Trump Place Does Not Have to Be a Forever Name, Judge Says

Trump Place Does Not Have to Be a Forever Name, Judge Says

Over the opposition of lawyers for a company owned by President Donald Trump, state Supreme Court Judge Eileen Bransten ruled Thursday that a condominium on the Upper West Side could remove the bronze letters spelling out his name from its 46-story building.

NEW YORK (AP) - A judge says condominium owners in a New York high-rise called "Trump Place" can stop displaying the name licensed from President Donald Trump almost two decades ago. The Trump Organization cited an 18-year-old licensing agreement which requires the building to bear the name of Trump, and the condo board countered that the agreement simply allows the building to bear the Trump name, rather than requires it.

In response, the condo board sued the Trump Organization. One resident, who manages a Russia-focused public relations company with ties to the president, filed an affidavit in support of keeping the name, alleging the condo board hijacked the voting process. Rather, the decision clears the way for an owners' vote on displaying the name licensed from President Donald Trump almost two decades ago.

But the moniker apparently became controversial among residents as Trump ascended to the presidency.

The letter warned that removing the name's would be a breach of the license agreement and result in legal action to "not only prevent such unauthorized action, but to also recover the significant amount of damages, costs and attorney's fees", according to the complaint.

Why does the condominium want to take Trump's name down?

Board documents say 63 percent of owners who responded to an informal survey a year ago wanted the name removed.

Three of six buildings in the same residential complex have removed the name Trump after the 2016 USA presidential election, some citing security concerns, according to the report.

Trump's name already has been removed from three nearby rental buildings, but remains on other towers in the same development.