A dispute involving President Donald Trump before he assumed office was highlighted at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for two federal appeals court nominees March 21.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) asked Trump nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and federal district Judge Amy J. St. Eve to describe the case over which she presided, Goldberg v. 401 N. Wabash Venture LLC.
A Chicago businesswoman unsuccessfully sued two of Trump’s companies for claims including breach of contract related to Chicago’s Trump Tower, St. Eve, of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, testified.
Trump tweeted that he was pleased with the result, but St. Eve knew of the tweet only because her clerk who “follows all the social media” told her, she said.
The hearing was smooth for both St. Eve and Seventh Circuit nominee Michael Y. Scudder, who is a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Chicago.
Both nominees received “blue slips” indicating the approval of Durbin and Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), their home state senators.
Durbin praised St. Eve for having presided over 123 trials, and acknowledged Scudder’s “many awards for pro bono work.”
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