Trump Daily Mail Suit, Causation Problems

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Good Morning America just had a piece on Melania Trump’s lawsuit against the UK’s Daily Mail, relaying that “experts say this is uncharted territory for the office of the First Lady.”

They’ve got that right. It’s a new world with an ultra-litigious television-celebrity family in the White House.

I found this interesting: The GMA report included footage from an October 2016 interview in which Ms. Trump says, “I didn’t expect media would be so dishonest and so mean. I didn’t expect that. Also for me, from the beginning, I never had one correct story, one honest story.”

That would seem to undercut the causation theory for damages stemming from the Daily Mail’s publication. If no one’s published an honest story about Ms. Trump, then how is the Daily Mail story the straw that broke the camel’s back for Ms. Trump’s multi-million-dollar endorsement deals?

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