April 19, 2017

Restaurants and hotels in which President Donald Trump has financial interests are unfairly siphoning business away from competitors in New York and Washington, D.C., the new plaintiffs in a watchdog group's emoluments suit against Trump allege.

The new plaintiffs may help Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), which filed an amended complaint on Tuesday adding Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and a woman who books embassy events for two Washington hotels, bolster its case for standing in the suit.

Deepak Gupta of Gupta Wessler, a member of CREW's legal team, said the new plaintiffs make the plaintiffs' standing in the case "irrefutable."

"If there were any questions before as to whether we have standing, those questions should be put to rest," Gupta said.

Gupta said that CREW remains a plaintiff in the suit and that the plaintiffs' legal team feels "good about all three bases of standing." "This is a lawsuit about the president and whether he is complying with the Constitution," Gupta said.

The case, CREW v. Trump, 17-cv-458, is assigned to Southern District Judge Ronnie Abrams.

In addition to Gupta, CREW's legal team includes fellow Gupta Wessler attorney Matthew Spurlock; and Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll partners Joseph Sellers and Daniel Small and associate Robert Braun.

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