(Bloomberg) -- A bomb threat was called in just as a judge in lower Manhattan was about to start a hearing over a $250 million lawsuit by New York Attorney General Letitia James against Donald Trump.

Tuesday’s 911 call was investigated, the courthouse at 60 Centre Street temporarily closed and searched, and the threat deemed unfounded, state court spokesman Lucian Chalfen said. 

The building, featured in the opening footage of Law and Order, is where state civil cases are heard. James sued Trump, his company and three of his children in September for allegedly inflating the value of his real estate company’s assets. 

The New York Police Department said in a statement it had an increased uniformed presence throughout the city and stressed that “there are currently no credible threats” to New York, but that it remained ready to respond to protests and counterprotests. 

Law enforcement is on alert as a state grand jury, in a separate, criminal investigation, examines hush money payments Trump allegedly directed be made to porn star Stormy Daniels during his 2016 presidential run. Trump, who has denied wrongdoing in either matter, predicted on Saturday without evidence that he would be arrested Tuesday. He exhorted his supporters to “protest” and “take our nation back!”

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New York State Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron, who is presiding over the James litigation, dryly noted: “As if this case wasn’t interesting enough.”

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--With assistance from Chris Dolmetsch and Hadriana Lowenkron.

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