A rental apartment management firm run by presidential adviser Jared Kushner’s family was ordered by a federal judge to disclose the identities of its business partners in an ongoing lawsuit filed by Maryland tenants.
At the behest of media organizations, U.S. District Judge James Bredar in Baltimore ruled Friday that Westminster Management’s desire to keep the names secret is outweighed by the public interest in the class-action case. Westminster is accused of charging tenants illegal fees on top of the monthly rent, then threatening to evict them if they don’t pay.
Before joining the administration, Kushner was chief executive officer of the Kushner Cos. Kushner, who is married to Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, divested his interest in his family’s business when he joined the administration. He isn’t named as a defendant in the case.
Bredar directed Westminster Management to file an unsealed document identifying its partners by Feb. 9.