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Case Name Cockrum v. Donald J. Trump for President PR-DC-0008
Docket / Court 1:17-cv-01370 ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Presidential Authority
Case Summary
On July 12, 2017, three private American citizens filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs sought compensatory and punitive damages against the Trump Campaign alleging its participation in the Russian Email Hacking and in the decision to disseminate ... read more >
On July 12, 2017, three private American citizens filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs sought compensatory and punitive damages against the Trump Campaign alleging its participation in the Russian Email Hacking and in the decision to disseminate the information discovered. The complaint stated that part of the information released involved included the plaintiffs' private emails, social security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, and phone numbers. They argued that the defendant's alleged actions violated D.C. privacy law and 42 U.S.C. 1985(3) (conspiracy to intimidate lawful voters from giving support or advocacy to electors for president and to injure citizens in person or property on account of such support or advocacy). They further made tort claims alleging intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Specifically, the plaintiffs include a former foreign service officer, a former staffer for the finance team of the Democratic National Party (DNC), and a lottery winner who gave away most of his winnings. All three plaintiffs donated to the DNC during the 2016 U.S. presidential election cycle and allegedly had their emails stolen by Russians who hacked the DNC’s electronic database. They were represented by the Protect Democracy Project, United to Protect Democracy, and a law professor at the University of Michigan Law School.

On September 26, 2017, the plaintiffs filed an amended complaint adding additional factual allegations. On October 25, 2017, the defendants filed motions to dismiss.

On July 3, 2018, Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle granted defendants’ motions to dismiss, and dismissed plaintiffs’ amended complaint without prejudice. The court found that the plaintiffs failed to demonstrate that the court had the jurisdiction and was the appropriate venue for their claim. The case is now closed.

Robert Carnes - 02/05/2018
Dawn Lui - 10/21/2018


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Issues
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action State law
Defendant(s) Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.
Plaintiff Description The plaintiffs include a former foreign service officer, a former staffer for the finance team of the Democratic National Party (DNC), and a lottery winner who gave away most of his winnings. All three plaintiffs donated to the DNC during the 2016 U.S. presidential election cycle and allegedly had their emails stolen by Russians who hacked the DNC’s electronic database.
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Filing Year 2017
Case Closing Year 2018
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
1:17-cv-01370-ESH (D.D.C.)
PR-DC-0008-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/03/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
First Amended Complaint [ECF# 17]
PR-DC-0008-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/26/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion [ECF# 72] (319 F.Supp.3d 158) (D.D.C.)
PR-DC-0008-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 07/03/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Huvelle, Ellen Segal (D.D.C.)
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Bassin, Ian M. (New York)
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Berwick, Benjamin Leon (Massachusetts)
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Berwick, Benjamin Leon (District of Columbia)
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Berzon, Stephen P. (California)
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Chisholm, Barbara J. (California)
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Florence, Justin (District of Columbia)
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Gertner, Nancy (Massachusetts)
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Hirsch, Steven (California)
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Leonard, Danielle E. (California)
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Primus, Richard (Michigan)
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Ragland, Steven P (California)
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Tindall , Anne Harden (District of Columbia)
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Defendant's Lawyers Baltruzak, Jeffrey (Pennsylvania)
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Buschel, Robert Craig (Florida)
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Carvin, Michael Anthony (District of Columbia)
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Farkas, L. Peter (District of Columbia)
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Smith, Grant J. (Florida)
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Suri, Vivek (District of Columbia)
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Other Lawyers Atkinson, Katherine Ruth (District of Columbia)
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Greenwood, Ruth Merewyn (Illinois)
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Moore, Michael Patrick Jr. (Massachusetts)
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Smith, Paul M. (District of Columbia)
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Spector, Phillip Michael (Maryland)
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