PALM BEACH, Fla. – Lawyers for Donald Trump have requested a jury trial in the legal battle for a large American flag flying over his Palm Beach club, Mar-A-Lago.
An amended complaint was filed Friday in federal court, said a lawyer for Trump, James Green. It claims that fines assessed against the club since January by flying the 15-by-25-foot flag atop an 80-foot flagpole — $1,250 a day — are excessive.
Town officials say the flagpole violates codes because it is taller than 42 feet.
Trump has not paid any of the fines, Green said Saturday.
"He thinks the town is singling him out and signaling Mar-A-Lago out for different treatment," Green said.
The town has 10 days to respond, Green said.
Trump's club hoisted the flag at the sprawling waterfront site in October.
In a separate filing Friday, lawyers asked the judge to send some issues back to the state courts. The lawyers allege in part that Palm Beach ordinances prohibiting the club's flag display go against Florida's constitution, and that the club should receive damages as a result.
The amount of damages Trump is seeking is not specified in his complaint. Lawyers for Trump said in previous filings that any damages awarded will go to "The Returning Veterans of the Iraqi War."