Court lifts restraining order against publisher of Mary Trump's tell all book

Pending a July 10 hearing, the book will move forward with publication

Updated: July 2, 2020 - 2:01pm

A New York appellate court has lifted the temporary restraining order against publishing house Simon & Schuster that President Trump's younger brother, Robert, had sought in an attempt to block the distribution of a tell-all book by the president's niece.

The book, which is scheduled for release on July 28, has already been printed 75,000 times, according to the publisher, and will be even further along on its way to distribution by the July 10 hearing date. 

The court lifted the order late Wednesday.

Robert Trump's attorney previously argued that the book by the president's niece, Mary Trump, violated a confidentiality clause that she agreed to upon the settling of her grandfather, Fred Trump's, estate.

The court, however, implied that it is "not necessarily obligated to specifically enforce" that agreement, and could instead settle the legal dispute with "money damages."

If that is the case, the argument filed by Robert Trump's attorney will likely not prevent the distribution of Mary Trump's unflattering book, titled "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man." 

"We are gratified with the Appellate Court's decision to overturn the Temporary Restraining Order issued by the lower court against Simon & Schuster ... As all know, there are well-established precedents against prior restraint and pre-publication injunctions, and we remain confident that the preliminary injunction will be denied," said Simon & Schuster in a statement on the court's decision. 

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