On Thursday, May 10, a judged ruled that Trump’s name could be taken off the façade of a condominium in Manhattan.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Ellen Bransten said, “The court declines to accept the defendant’s assertion that the parties are required to continue the use of the identification ‘Trump’ in perpetuity.”
Bransten added that if the board is removed from 200 Riverside Boulevard, also known as Trump Place, without the alteration receiving the approval of the majority of the building’s residents, Trump would have the right to sue the board.
The honorable judge said, “The court is not providing any declaration that tomorrow plaintiff may remove the Trump name from the building façade without fear or threat of being sued.”
According to The Post, “The building’s attorney, Harry Lipman, declined to comment on the residents’ next move. Residents of the Lincoln Square tower sued the president’s company, DJT Holdings, in January to affirm their right to drop his name from their 376-unit luxury building. Some residents have expressed concerns that the Trump affiliation could cause security threats.”
However, company attorney Alan Garten advised that the removal of Trump’s name from the property would be a “flagrant” breach of a license agreement that is close to two decades old.
But Judge Bransten disagreed with Garten’s interpretation. She said, “Only the affirmative use of the identifications require consent.”
The vote of at least 66 percent of the building’s residents would be needed to take down the signage, according to DJT Holdings attorney Lawrence Rosen.
He told The Post, “Our position throughout has been that if they can get the supermajority, they can certainly change the name.”
While Rosen does not agree with the interpretation of the license agreement presented by Bransten, he is not sure whether or not he will appeal her decision.
By Hannah Hayes