New York Court Allows Condo Owners to Remove Trump Sign From Building

Sunday, 06 May, 2018

Residents of a New York City condominium bearing President Donald Trump's name have the right to tear the Republican's moniker down from the building, according to a New York state judge's ruling Thursday.

The ruling doesn't order the big, brassy letters removed from the 46-story luxury tower overlooking the Hudson River. But in the wake of his political maneuvers, Trump's name has fallen out of fashion in the trendy elite enclave.

Trump's company had argued that Trump Place is obligated to keep the name, citing that the condo was obligated to use the name as part of the original deal.

In a sign that the Trump Organization will challenge Bransten's ruling, Miller said the company was "confident that the appeals court will conclude otherwise".

Judge Eileen Bransten said Thursday that Trump Place, at 200 Riverside Boulevard on Manhattan's Upper West Side, has no legal obligation to display the name as part of its license agreement, attorney Harry Lipman, who represented the owners, confirmed for HuffPost.

The once ubiquitous Trump brand has become divisive since Trump entered the presidential campaign.

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Not every Trump Place condo owner was eager to let go of the name.

Still, some 63 percent of owners who responded to an informal survey past year wanted the name removed, according to the minutes. Trump has a reputation as a vigorous if not always victorious plaintiff and defendant whose determination to drag out a court fight could cost a fortune.

The March 2000 licensing agreement was made in the early days of Trump's effort to establish the Trump brand.

The board plans to conduct a formal vote of owners to decide the matter. But the judge found that the license agreement allows, but does not obligate, the use of Trump's name.

The building in question, 200 Riverside Boulevard, is one of six buildings within in Trump Place and three of the complexes have already removed the bronze-colored Trump letters. It also was taken off a hotel in Panama City amid a dispute between the hotel owners and the Trump Organization, which contends it was wrongly fired as managers.

The building has 377 condo owners, and 253 participated in a poll of residents following Trump's election victory.