According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Cohen claims his attorneys’ fees were incurred “in service to and at the behest of the Organization and its principals, directors, and officers” and the organization’s failure to pay “constitutes a breach of the Trump Organization’s indemnification obligations under the indemnification agreement.”
He claims the Trump Organization has refused to pay any of his attorneys’ fees or costs since May 2018.
Cohen claims, “As of January 25, 2019, the amount of Mr. Cohen’s unpaid legal fees and costs in connection with the Matters was approximately $1.9 million. In addition, Mr. Cohen has been ordered to pay or forfeit an additional approximately $1.9 million as part of his criminal sentence arising from conduct undertaken by Mr. Cohen in furtherance of and at the behest of the Trump Organization and its principals, directors, and officers. All of these amounts were subject to the Trump Organization’s indemnification agreement.”
Michael Cohen claims that once it became clear that he would cooperate with Robert Mueller’s investigation, “the Trump Organization took steps to thwart Mr. Cohen’s ability to receive amounts he was entitled to under the indemnification agreement and thereby breached its duty of good faith and fair dealing in its performance of the indemnification agreement.”
In the lawsuit, Cohen claims he reached out to the Trump Organization on January 25, 2019 “and requested that the organization reimburse him for all outstanding amounts owed pursuant to the indemnification agreement.”
He never heard back.
Michael Cohen is suing for breach of contract and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.