A three-judge panel at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit indicated it’s unlikely to save an unfair competition lawsuit targeting President Donald Trump and his Washington, D.C., hotel.
Judges Merrick Garland, Thomas Griffith and Stephen Williams were skeptical of arguments brought forward by George Washington University Law School professor Alan Morrison on behalf of the owners of D.C. restaurant Cork Wine Bar, who wants the dismissed case sent back to a local D.C. trial court. The restaurant owners claim Trump and his hotel are violating a local fair competition law, since people may choose the president’s properties in order to curry favor with Trump and his administration.
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