Melania Trump has sued a political blogger in Maryland, Webster G. Tarpley, as well as for defamation. The site is called "tarpley.net".
Tarpley’s comment is here.
NBC story. Trump, as a public figure, would have to show actual malice or reckless disregard of the truth.
reports on a nondisclosure statement that even volunteers – just to work on phonebanks (don’t call me) must sign. There is a gag and lifetime non-disparagement order. I don’t think it’s enforceable because Trump hasn’t given the volunteers any “consideration” in legal terms.
Why would someone even volunteer under such conditions? What does Donald Trump have to hide? (Plenty, I guess -- opinion rule.)
For a political presidential candidate, or a family member, to sue an “ordinary” blogger to silence him or her during an election campaign sounds unprecedented and startling (see June 14).
Update: Dec. 12
Melania appeared in court today., Variety story.
Update: January 28
Dan Morse of the Washington Post reported on p. B6 today that a Maryland judge had ruled Melania's libel suit could proceed. it sounds conceivable that in a related suit, Media Mail could claim a Section 230-like protection as it is not really the publisher.