Trump’s Attacks on Blumenthal Recall Empire State Building Fight
Herrick partner Ray Hannigan was quoted in Bloomberg discussing Donald Trump’s attack on Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal. In the 1990s, Trump waged a court battle with Blumenthal's father-in-law, Peter Malkin, over control of the Empire State Building. Ray advised Japanese billionaire Hideki Yokoi in the battle, and later advised the Trump Organization in the 2002 sale of the building to a group led by Peter Malkin.
“It was a royal battle,” Hannigan said, which “stemmed from a business investment born out of a conversation at a gym between Marla Maples, Trump’s second wife, and Kiiko Nakahara, the daughter of one of Japan’s wealthiest men, Hideki Yokoi. Yokoi held title to the building, and his daughter told Maples she wanted to talk to Trump about a possible deal to give him a stake in the building.”