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Donald Trump and E. Jean Carroll President Donald Trump speaks during an event held in the East Room of The White House, left; E. Jean Carroll arrives at court in New York, right. Photos: Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM and Seth Wenig/AP

The caption on advice columnist and author E. Jean Carroll’s defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump appeared to be in flux Wednesday morning, one day after the U.S. Department of Justice took over the president’s defense from his private attorneys and removed the case to the Southern District of New York from state court.

With a motion to substitute party pending before U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan of the Southern District of New York, the case was briefly captioned “Carroll v. United States of America” before reverting to “Carroll v. Trump.”

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Jane Wester

Jane Wester is a litigation reporter for the New York Law Journal. Email her at [email protected] or find her on Twitter @janewester.

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