Restaurant can't bring unfair competition claim against Trump Old Post Office claim for using Trump's name to draw business

K&D, LLC v. Trump Old Post Office, LLC, No. 17-731 (RJL), 2018 WL 6173449 (D.D.C. Nov. 26, 2018)Plaintiff owns Cork Wine Bar, located in the downtown Washington, D.C. area. Cork argued that it faced unfair competition from the Trump Old Post Office due to the desire of people to curry favor with the Administration by getting restaurant services (including both hosting and catering) there, encouraged by statements from people in the Administration.The court found that this advantage, while perhaps looking bad (and, you know, violating the Emoluments Clause), was not unfair competition.  Even though D.C. common law doesn’t have specific elements, it’s understood to include “various acts that would constitute the tort if they resulted in damage.” These acts include “defamation, disparagement of a competitor’s goods or business methods, intimidation of customers or employees, interference with access to the business, threats of…

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