The judge in E. Jean Carroll's second defamation lawsuit determined that the first trial was enough to prove "actual malice" and that all there was left was to determine damages. Trump lost five million dollars in the first go-around.
In a 25-page opinion, Kaplan handed down another defeat for the former president by limiting the trial to damages only.
Kaplan said Carroll had proved in the first trial that Trump demonstrated "actual malice."
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"The trial in this case shall be limited to the issue of damages only," the judge wrote.
Also of note is that the judge also rejected Trump's idea that damages should be limited based on the earlier award. Somehow Trump feels like he's paid enough that he can just keep slandering Carroll.
On Wednesday, Kaplan also rejected Trump's argument that any future damages be capped, meaning the previous award shouldn't be a factor for the jury. Carroll is seeking more than $10 million in damages.