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Judge Crushes Stormy's Suit on Trump NDA

Adult film star had sought to nullify $130K NDA that kept her from talking about alleged Trump affair
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2019 6:01 AM CST
In this April 16, 2018, file photo, adult film actress Stormy Daniels speaks outside federal court in New York.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

(Newser) – The same judge who dismissed Stormy Daniels' defamation lawsuits against President Trump and his former attorney Michael Cohen has just quashed yet another one of her complaints. Per CNN, US District Judge James Otero ruled that this suit, which the adult film star brought to nullify the $130,000 non-disclosure agreement that kept her from talking about her alleged affair with Trump, "lacks subject matter jurisdiction" and should be returned to California Superior Court, effectively ending the case. Daniels (real name: Stephanie Clifford) had argued that the NDA was invalid because only Cohen had signed it, not Trump himself, Business Insider notes.

Oddly, both sides are declaring themselves the winners in this newly tossed suit. Trump's legal team had already indicated they wouldn't enforce it; Daniels pursued her complaint to have the NDA declared illegal, just in case. "The court found that Ms. Daniels received everything she asked for by way of the lawsuit—she won," her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, tells CNN. Meanwhile, Trump attorney Charles Harder proclaims Otero's ruling a "total victory" for his client, while Cohen lawyer Brent Blakely says, "Clifford's attorney would claim victory if he got run over by a bus." (Read more Stormy Daniels stories.)

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