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Before Zervos v. Trump, there was Paula Jones v. Bill Clinton. What lessons can the 1990s case provide?

Summer Zervos a former contestant on
Summer Zervos a former contestant on "The Apprentice" (R) walks next to lawyer Gloria Allred after they leave the New York County Criminal Court on December 5, 2017, in New York.

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A New York state judge refused to toss out a defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump by a former contestant on "The Apprentice."

Supreme Court Justice Jennifer Schecter ruled Tuesday that Summer Zervos' lawsuit can proceed, despite lawyers for the president requesting that the lawsuit be tossed out or delayed until Trump is no longer president.

Schecter said the president has no immunity and is subject to the laws for "purely private acts."

She cited as precedent a civil rights lawsuit against then President Bill Clinton that was ordered to proceed.

Zervos was among several women who accused Trump of unwanted sexual contact.

Larry speaks with a panel of legal experts on the Paul Jones case against President Bill Clinton, and how that case could inform the suit brought forth by Zervos.

With files from Associated Press.


Benjamin C. Zipursky, professor of law at Fordham Law School in New York, who specializes in torts, jurisprudence and defamation

Josh Blackman, associate professor of Law at the South Texas College of Law who specializes in constitutional law; he is the author of “Unprecedented: The Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare” (Public Affairs, 2013)

Michael Dorf, professor of law at Cornell University; coauthor of the book, “On Reading the Constitution” (Harvard University Press, 1991) with Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe