UK Judge Orders Trump to Pay $385K Over Steele Suit

Money is due in 28 days, and the total might increase
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2024 4:50 PM CST
UK Judge Orders Trump to Pay $385K Over Steele Suit
Christopher Steele leaves the Royal Courts of Justice after the first hearing in Donald Trump's lawsuit in London in October.   (Aaron Chown/PA ia AP)

The latest court order demanding that Donald Trump pay up has come from London. A judge there has determined that the former president owes $385,000 in legal fees to Orbis Business Intelligence, which he sued over the Christopher Steele dossier, CNN reports that court documents show. The UK courts last month threw out Trump's lawsuit against Steele's company over unverified, salacious allegations it contained that became public concerning the former president, who denied them. Trump's tab in the case could increase further.

Another judge will decide later the total amount due from Trump, per CNBC; Orbis wants more to cover its legal costs. Trump's lawyers argued that the reimbursement should be low because the case was dismissed early, before Orbis had to file a defense. Judge Karen Steyn said Trump has to pay the $385,000 first, per ABC News, giving him 28 days to do so. A lawyer for the former president did not immediately comment on the order. (More Donald Trump stories.)

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