The Breast Pump That Stumped Trump: Notes From Inside A Media Maelstrom

Beck's Law

Two months ago, I returned home from a summer family road trip to a message from Michael Barbaro, a reporter with the New York Times.  He had some questions about a real estate lawsuit my firm had handled.  Little did I know at the time, but returning his call would help ignite a media firestorm that catapulted my wife and law partner Elizabeth Beck into the national spotlight, prompted Donald Trump to emerge from his tower lair to slander her on national television with a series of outrageous fabrications, and ended up impacting the most-watched U.S. presidential primary debate in history.

It all started four years ago with a simple request to take a prearranged lunch break at a deposition of Mr. Trump, so that Elizabeth could use a breast pump in private, as she had been doing all week in other depositions.  For the uninitiated, a breast pump is a medical device…

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