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Mark S. Zaid '92 is spearheading a lawsuit on behalf of Washington, D.C., restaurateurs who say they are facing unfair competition from President Donald Trump and the Trump International Hotel.
The plaintiffs—Diane Gross and Khalid Pitts, owners of the Cork Wine Bar—claim their business has suffered as influential visitors are instead holding their events at the Trump International Hotel and its restaurants in order to earn favor with the president. According to the New York Times, the lawsuit does not argue for monetary damages. Instead it seeks a resolution that involves either: shuttering the Trump International Hotel; the president and his family divesting in full from the business; or President Trump resigning from office.
"It's inappropriate for Trump to own the business while he's president. It wasn't inappropriate in September, but it is now," Zaid, a member of the law school's Board of Trustees, recently told Fox News.
Zaid's law firm is working the case pro bono, along with the Veritas Law Firm. The complaint, filed in D.C. Superior Court,
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