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Trump’s presidential status does not exclude him from Twitter’s terms and conditions, judge rules

A federal judge ruled on Tuesday night that former President Donald Trump cannot proceed with a lawsuit against Twitter in the state of Florida.

“[Trump’s] status as President of the United States does not exclude him from the requirements of the forum selection clause in Twitter’s Terms of Service,” the ruling said.

“The Court finds that Trump’s status as President of the United States does not exclude him from the requirements of the forum selection clause in Twitter’s Terms of Service,” wrote Scola, an appointee of President Barack Obama. “The Plaintiffs have failed to satisfy their heavy burden to show that this case should not be transferred.”

The ruling also held that the decision of a previous case, Knight First Amend. Inst. at Columbia Univ. v. Trump, had no bearing on the current case, as the former president had insisted in his lawsuit.

The former president originally filed three lawsuits in Florida against tech companies, including Twitter. So far, two of the three have been bounced because Trump’s lawyers filed them in the wrong court, according to Reuters reporter Brad Heath.

Taylor Budowich, a spokesman for Trump, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday. Neither Linda Cuadros nor a spokesperson for the American Conservative Union, who are listed as co-plaintiffs in Trump’s lawsuit, immediately responded to requests for comment. A spokesperson for Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: POLITICO

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