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Donald Trump ordered to pay $83m in defamation case

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A federal jury has ordered former U.S. President Donald Trump to pay $83.3 million in damages to E. Jean Carroll, a journalist who accused him of tarnishing her reputation by denying allegations of rape nearly three decades ago.

The seven-man, two-woman jury deliberated for less than three hours before reaching their verdict, awarding Carroll $18.3 million in compensatory damages and an additional $65 million in punitive damages, surpassing the $10 million she had initially sought.

Carroll, now 80, had filed the lawsuit against Trump in November 2019, following his denial of her rape allegations, which she claimed occurred in the mid-1990s at a Bergdorf Goodman department store dressing room in Manhattan.

Trump, 77, had denied ever knowing Carroll and accused her of fabricating the story to boost sales of her memoir. His legal team argued that Carroll was seeking fame and relished the attention from her supporters.

Previous trial

This verdict follows a previous ruling in May 2022, in which another jury ordered Trump to pay Carroll $5 million for defamation and sexual abuse related to similar allegations. Trump is currently appealing that decision.

U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan, who presided over both trials, confirmed that the earlier verdict was binding for this trial, leaving the jury only to determine the amount Trump should pay.

The legal battles, including Carroll’s case, have been part of Trump’s strategy to bolster his campaign to retake the White House in the November election. He faces 91 felony counts in four criminal indictments, maintaining his innocence and claiming to be a victim of politically motivated attacks.

Witch hunt

During the Carroll trial, Trump repeatedly criticized the proceedings, calling it a “con job” and a “witch hunt,” drawing admonishments from the judge.

Carroll’s lawyer, Roberta Kaplan, argued that this trial aimed to hold Trump accountable and prevent him from repeating his denials. Trump’s defense contended that Carroll’s newfound fame, stemming from the publication of excerpts from her memoir, led to the attacks against her.

A damages expert who testified on Carroll’s behalf estimated the harm to her reputation from Trump’s statements at $7.3 million to $12.1 million.

The verdict marks another significant chapter in the legal battles surrounding Trump, whose political ambitions continue to be intertwined with his legal troubles. E. Jean Carroll, known for her “Ask E. Jean” column in Elle and appearances on major television programs, claimed that her career suffered due to Trump’s actions.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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NASA astronauts phone home, confident Boeing’s Starliner will return to Earth safely

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Stranded NASA astronauts express confidence in Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, assuring its capability to safely transport them back to Earth from the International Space Station.

The astronauts, over a video call to NASA, highlighted Starliner’s enhanced safety features and testing protocols as reassuring factors for their safe return.

“I have a real good feeling in my heart that this spacecraft will bring us home, no problem…”, said Sunita “Suni” Williams, one of the stranded NASA astronauts.

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Franchising vs. Independent: key differences to choosing the right SMB model

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With latest Australian Federal budget, many SMB’s are weighing their options when selecting a suitable business model.

Franchising provides brand recognition, operational support, and economies of scale but involves ongoing fees.

Independent businesses offer full control and profit retention but face higher costs and regulatory challenges.

For risk and reward, the franchising model reduces risk through established practices and support but involves ongoing fees and profit-sharing with the franchisor.

On the alternative, independent businesses retain full control of profits but face higher risks and responsibilities in managing the business.

Sonia Shwabsky, CEO at Kwik Kopy Australia, joins to share her key insights on SMB’s. #featured

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Boeing face delivery delays following guilty criminal charge plea

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Boeing’s deliveries are down after months of controversy, is it because they can’t make the planes, or because airlines right now don’t want them?

Boeing has agreed to plead guilty to a charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States in connection with the investigation into two fatal crashes involving its 737 MAX aircraft.

Boeing reported a significant 27% decrease in deliveries for June compared to the same month last year, possibly attributing the decrease to the companies ongoing controversies.

Aviation expert Geoffrey Thomas joins to discuss. #featured

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