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Trump sues 2 Trump Media co-founders, seeking to void their stock

Trump's lawsuit claims the two former "Apprentice" contestants mishandled an attempt to take the company public several years ago.
Former President Donald Trump.
Posted at 7:55 AM, Apr 03, 2024

Donald Trump is suing two co-founders of Trump Media & Technology Group, the newly public parent company of his Truth Social platform, arguing that they should forfeit their stock in the company because they set it up improperly.

The former U.S. president's lawsuit, which was filed on March 24 in Florida state court, follows a complaint filed in February by those co-founders, Andy Litinsky and Wes Moss. Their lawsuit sought to prevent Trump from taking steps the two said would sharply reduce their combined 8.6% stake in Trump Media. The pair filed their lawsuit in the Delaware Court of Chancery.

Trump Media stock plunges 21% after announcing $58M loss in 2023
The Truth Social account for former President Donald Trump.

Trump Media stock plunges 21% after announcing $58M loss in 2023

After trading at more than $70 per share in its debut on the Nasdaq exchange last week, the company's stock price fell Monday to about $48 per share.


Trump's lawsuit claims that Litinsky and Moss, who were both contestants on Trump’s reality-TV show “The Apprentice,” mishandled an attempt to take Trump Media public several years ago, allegedly putting the whole project “on ice” for more than a year and a half.

But it also targets the pair over their Delaware suit against Trump, saying that it was one of several attempts they made to block Trump Media's ultimately successful plan to go public. Trump Media accomplished that goal by merging with a publicly traded shell company called Digital World Acquisition in March.

Trump Media shares have fluctuated wildly since its stock market debut. On Tuesday, the stock closed at $51.60, up 6%, valuing the entire company at $5.9 billion.