Trump's Lawsuits

Exclusive: Trump’s 3,500 lawsuits unprecedented for a presidential nominee
Our project found about 3,500 legal actions involving Trump, including 1,900 where he or his companies were a plaintiff and about 1,300 in which he was the defendant. Due to his branding value, Trump is determined to defend his name and reputation. Kelly Jordan, USA TODAY
Donald Trump is a fighter, famous for legal skirmishes over everything from his golf courses to his tax bills to Trump University. But until now, it hasn’t been clear precisely how litigious he is and what that might portend for a Trump presidency.
An exclusive USA TODAY analysis of legal filings across the United States finds that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee and his businesses have been involved in at least 3,500 legal actions in federal and state courts during the past three decades. They range from skirmishes with casino patrons to million-dollar real estate suits to personal defamation lawsuits.
The sheer volume of lawsuits is unprecedented for a presidential nominee. No candidate of a major party has had anything approaching the number of Trump’s courtroom entanglements.
Just since he announced his candidacy a year ago, at least 70 new cases have been filed, about evenly divided between lawsuits filed by him and his companies and those filed against them. And the records review found at least 50 civil lawsuits remain open even as he moves toward claiming the nomination at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in seven weeks. On Tuesday, court documents were released in one of the most dramatic current cases, filed in California by former students accusing Trump University of fraudulent and misleading behavior.
The legal actions provide clues to the leadership style the billionaire businessman would bring to bear as commander in chief. He sometimes responds to even small disputes with overwhelming legal force. He doesn’t hesitate to deploy his wealth and legal firepower against adversaries with limited resources, such as homeowners. He sometimes refuses to pay real estate brokers, lawyers and other vendors.
As he campaigns, Trump often touts his skills as a negotiator. The analysis shows that lawsuits are one of his primary negotiating tools. He turns to litigation to distance himself from failing projects that relied on the Trump brand to secure investments. As USA TODAY previously reported, he also uses the legal system to haggle over his property tax bills. His companies have been involved in more than 100 tax disputes, and the New York State Department of Finance has obtained liens on Trump properties for unpaid tax bills at least three dozen times.
And despite his boasts on the campaign trail that he “never" settles lawsuits, for fear of encouraging more, he and his businesses have settled with plaintiffs in at least 100 cases reviewed by USA TODAY. Most involve people who say they were physically injured at Trump properties, with settlements that range as high as hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Alan Garten, general counsel for the Trump Organization, said in an interview that the number and tenor of the court cases is the “cost of doing business" and on par with other companies of a similar size. “I think we have far less litigation of companies of our size,” he said.
However, even by those measures, the number of cases in which Trump is involved is extraordinary. For comparison, USA TODAY analyzed the legal involvement for five top real-estate business executives: Edward DeBartolo, shopping-center developer and former San Francisco 49ers owner; Donald Bren, Irvine Company chairman and owner; Stephen Ross, Time Warner Center developer; Sam Zell, Chicago real-estate magnate; and Larry Silverstein, a New York developer famous for his involvement in the World Trade Center properties.
To maintain an apples-to-apples comparison, only actions that used the developers’ names were included. The analysis found Trump has been involved in more legal skirmishes than all five of the others — combined.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/06/01/donald-trump-lawsuits-legal-battles/84995854/

Now that was an interesting read Lois.

Exclusive: Trump's 3,500 lawsuits unprecedented for a presidential nominee Our project found about 3,500 legal actions involving Trump, including 1,900 where he or his companies were a plaintiff and about 1,300 in which he was the defendant. ... involved in at least 3,500 legal actions in federal and state courts during the past three decades. They range from skirmishes with casino patrons to million-dollar real estate suits to personal defamation lawsuits. Since a year ago, at least 70 new cases have been filed, about evenly divided between lawsuits filed by him and his companies and those filed against them. And the records review found at least 50 civil lawsuits remain open even as he moves toward claiming the nomination at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in seven weeks. ... he also uses the legal system to haggle over his property tax bills. His companies have been involved in more than 100 tax disputes, and the New York State Department of Finance has obtained liens on Trump properties for unpaid tax bills at least three dozen times. ... he and his businesses have settled with plaintiffs in at least 100 cases reviewed by USA TODAY. Most involve people who say they were physically injured at Trump properties, with settlements that range as high as hundreds of thousands of dollars. However, even by those measures, the number of cases in which Trump is involved is extraordinary. For comparison, USA TODAY analyzed the legal involvement for five top real-estate business executives: Edward DeBartolo, shopping-center developer and former San Francisco 49ers owner; Donald Bren, Irvine Company chairman and owner; Stephen Ross, Time Warner Center developer; Sam Zell, Chicago real-estate magnate; and Larry Silverstein, a New York developer famous for his involvement in the World Trade Center properties. To maintain an apples-to-apples comparison, only actions that used the developers' names were included. The analysis found Trump has been involved in more legal skirmishes than all five of the others — combined. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/06/01/donald-trump-lawsuits-legal-battles/84995854/
Trump Casinos’ Tax Debt Was $30 Million. Then Christie Took Office. RUSS BUETTNER | AUG. 16, 2016 | New York Times By the time Chris Christie became governor of New Jersey, the state’s auditors and lawyers had been battling for several years to collect long-overdue taxes owed by the casinos founded by his friend Donald J. Trump. The total, with interest, had grown to almost $30 million. The state had doggedly pursued the matter through two of the casinos’ bankruptcy cases and even accused the company led by Mr. Trump of filing false reports with state casino regulators about the amount of taxes it had paid. But the year after Governor Christie, a Republican, took office, the tone of the litigation shifted. The state entertained settlement offers. And in December 2011, after six years in court, the state agreed to accept just $5 million, roughly 17 cents on the dollar of what auditors said the casinos owed. ... The Trump casinos may not have been able to afford their long overdue taxes, but they did not turn suddenly spartan, either. They continued to rent a helicopter from Mr. Trump for $390,000 a year, until they filed for bankruptcy again in 2014. Mr. Moore declined to release the titles of officials who approved the settlement, except to say it was agreed to by officials from both the attorney general’s office and the State Division of Taxation. Mr. Christie was close to the attorney general at the time, Paula T. Dow, whom he had appointed and who worked for him as a prosecutor at the United States attorney’s office. A week after the settlement was signed, Mr. Christie announced that he was appointing Ms. Dow to the counsel’s office of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey until he could find her the judgeship that she desired. ...

The Art of the Deal.
But when you are a Dealer, it is all too easy to make a *deal with the devil".

Yea, it is tough being in business in the United States. Look how Trump’s life time legal actions compares to Wal-Mart with over 5,000 lawsuits every year. It is really tough trying to do business in this country. When you get a country full of lawyers, there will be a great number of lawsuits over money. Now how many lawsuits over money would you say that it takes to equal the wrongful death lawsuits against Hilary?

Look how Trump’s life time legal actions compares to Wal-Mart with over 5,000 lawsuits every year.
Category error. Wal-Mart has a lot more customers per year than Trump's real estate ventures. The two are not comparable.
Yea, it is tough being in business in the United States. Look how Trump’s life time legal actions compares to Wal-Mart with over 5,000 lawsuits every year. It is really tough trying to do business in this country. When you get a country full of lawyers, there will be a great number of lawsuits over money. Now how many lawsuits over money would you say that it takes to equal the wrongful death lawsuits against Hilary?
First , why would you do a thing like that? Have any proof of willful action ? Second, when you sell products made by others, some will be defective and a famous case was the tainted cat food from China. Wal Mart was not to blame for that. Third, Trump has told more mistruths in his short campaign for president than Hillary in her entire career. But what bugs me most is the fact that Trump owed 30 million in taxes and settled for 5 million. So the public treasury was shorted by 25 million dollars. He crowed about that he "made a profit" on declaring bankruptcy. IMO, that is not being a clever business man, that's plain old fraud. Yet he complains that Hillary got paid for speeches, she actually earned that money. Show me one legitimate deal by Trump where Trump paid his debts in full, out of his own pockets. Hillary Clinton has been investigated to the point of ridiculousness, yet no criminal activity has been found. Let me remind you that Secretary of State is 4th in line to the Presidency and of necessity has personal communication with "insiders". Anything that was of vital importance to the nation was properly forwarded to State, by the same means as previous Secretaries of State. Out of all those e-mails how many were "private" matters? Do you know? In any case, her record of some 40 years in the public eye, does anyone doubt her desire to serve the nation to the best of her abilities, which are considerable. I WANT TO SEE TRUMP'S TAX RECORDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Until I see them, IMO, Trump is not trustworthy, either as businessman, nor President of the US. His taxes will show his nefarious dealings. That's why I won't release them.!!! Call me a *taxer* (as opposed to the term *birther*)
I WANT TO SEE TRUMP'S TAX RECORDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Until I see them, IMO, Trump is not trustworthy, either as businessman, nor President of the US. His taxes will show his nefarious dealings. That's why I won't release them.!!! Call me a *taxer* (as opposed to the term *birther*)
1) Perhaps concerns that some of his overseas earnings might raise a few lawyerly eyebrows? 2) Perhaps concerns that it would shock his fans to discover how little Trump is actually worth? 3) Perhaps concerns that people would notice he claimed a tax break for people earning less than half a million a year]? 4) Perhaps concerns that a sharp accountant might find hints of illegal dealing? 5) Perhaps he's just too special and too-full-of-himself to submit himself to any objective scrutiny?
Hillary Clinton Releases Ad Hitting Donald Trump on His Tax Returns: ‘He’s Hiding Something’ http://time.com/4457355/hillary-clinton-donald-trump-tax-return-ad/
The Washington Post has a few thoughts on the subject
What’s Trump hiding by refusing to release his tax returns? Here are some ideas. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/instead-of-releasing-his-taxes-donald-trump-offers-nothing-but-flimsy-excuses/2016/06/09/7e687110-2db9-11e6-9de3-6e6e7a14000c_story.html?utm_term=.5915ab257c29
The Many Scandals of Donald Trump: A Cheat Sheet The sordid story of the Trump Institute is a sequel to the damaging tale of Trump University. DAVID A. GRAHAM JUN 30, 2016 http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/06/donald-trump-scandals/474726/ A real-estate mogul wouldn’t own just one building. So why would an education mogul own just one questionably ethical institution? That’s one way to explain why Donald Trump wasn’t content only launching Trump University, the now-shuttered real-estate education organization that’s the subject of extensive litigation, and extensive allegations of fraud. Around the same time, he also launched the Trump Institute. The two organizations shared some characteristics in common. Both offered matriculants the chance to get rich quick on real estate, using tricks from Trump. In both cases, Trump claimed falsely that the “faculty" were handpicked by himself. And in both cases, former students alleged that they’re been ripped off with useless materials and worthless lessons. The major difference was structural. Whereas Trump owned Trump U., the Trump Institute was owned by Irene and Mike Milin, a couple with a long string of get-rich-quick courses in their past. They also had a long trail of legal troubles and allegations of misdeeds, which a Trump aide says he was unaware of when he signed the deal. The Milins franchised Trump’s name, paying to slap it on their “institute" and for Trump to appear in an informercial. Not long into Trump Institute’s short and troubled life, the Milins were forced to seek bankruptcy protection for it, in part thanks to pressure from lawsuits and law-enforcement investigations. It later shut down. ... The breadth of Trump’s controversies is truly yuge, ranging from allegations of mafia ties to unscrupulous business dealings, and from racial discrimination to alleged marital rape. The stretch over more than four decades, from the mid-1970s to the present day. To catalogue the full sweep of allegations would require thousands of words and lump together the trivial with the truly scandalous. Including business deals that have simply failed, without any hint of impropriety, would require thousands more. This is a snapshot of some of the most interesting and largest of those scandals. ... The Beauty Pageant Scandals Where and when: Various, 1992-present Racial Housing Discrimination Where and when: New York City, 1973-1975 Mafia Ties Where and when: New York and Atlantic City, 1970s- ? Trump University Where and when: 2005-2010, online Tenant Intimidation Where and when: New York City, 1982-1986 The Four Bankruptcies Where and when: 1991, 1992, 2004, 2009 The Undocumented Polish Workers Where and when: New York City, 1980 Alleged Marital Rape Where and when: New York City, 1989 Breaking Casino Rules Where and when: New York and New Jersey, various Antitrust Violations Where and when: New Jersey, 1986 Condo Hotel Shenanigans Where and when: New York, Florida, Mexico, mid-2000s Corey Lewandowski Where and when: Jupiter, Florida, 2016 Suing Journalist Tim O’Brien for Libel Where and when: New York City, 2006-2009 Refusing to Pay Workers and Contractors (That's one way to balance the budget) Where and when: various, 1980s-present Trump Institute Where and when: Boca Raton and elsewhere, 2005-?
Show this to a Trump fan and he's likely to rage at you, perhaps punch you in the face. How dare anyone question their supreme leader.
The Many Scandals of Donald Trump: A Cheat Sheet The sordid story of the Trump Institute is a sequel to the damaging tale of Trump University. DAVID A. GRAHAM JUN 30, 2016 http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/06/donald-trump-scandals/474726/ A real-estate mogul wouldn’t own just one building. So why would an education mogul own just one questionably ethical institution? That’s one way to explain why Donald Trump wasn’t content only launching Trump University, the now-shuttered real-estate education organization that’s the subject of extensive litigation, and extensive allegations of fraud. Around the same time, he also launched the Trump Institute. The two organizations shared some characteristics in common. Both offered matriculants the chance to get rich quick on real estate, using tricks from Trump. In both cases, Trump claimed falsely that the “faculty" were handpicked by himself. And in both cases, former students alleged that they’re been ripped off with useless materials and worthless lessons. The major difference was structural. Whereas Trump owned Trump U., the Trump Institute was owned by Irene and Mike Milin, a couple with a long string of get-rich-quick courses in their past. They also had a long trail of legal troubles and allegations of misdeeds, which a Trump aide says he was unaware of when he signed the deal. The Milins franchised Trump’s name, paying to slap it on their “institute" and for Trump to appear in an informercial. Not long into Trump Institute’s short and troubled life, the Milins were forced to seek bankruptcy protection for it, in part thanks to pressure from lawsuits and law-enforcement investigations. It later shut down. ... The breadth of Trump’s controversies is truly yuge, ranging from allegations of mafia ties to unscrupulous business dealings, and from racial discrimination to alleged marital rape. The stretch over more than four decades, from the mid-1970s to the present day. To catalogue the full sweep of allegations would require thousands of words and lump together the trivial with the truly scandalous. Including business deals that have simply failed, without any hint of impropriety, would require thousands more. This is a snapshot of some of the most interesting and largest of those scandals. ... The Beauty Pageant Scandals Where and when: Various, 1992-present Racial Housing Discrimination Where and when: New York City, 1973-1975 Mafia Ties Where and when: New York and Atlantic City, 1970s- ? Trump University Where and when: 2005-2010, online Tenant Intimidation Where and when: New York City, 1982-1986 The Four Bankruptcies Where and when: 1991, 1992, 2004, 2009 The Undocumented Polish Workers Where and when: New York City, 1980 Alleged Marital Rape Where and when: New York City, 1989 Breaking Casino Rules Where and when: New York and New Jersey, various Antitrust Violations Where and when: New Jersey, 1986 Condo Hotel Shenanigans Where and when: New York, Florida, Mexico, mid-2000s Corey Lewandowski Where and when: Jupiter, Florida, 2016 Suing Journalist Tim O’Brien for Libel Where and when: New York City, 2006-2009 Refusing to Pay Workers and Contractors (That's one way to balance the budget) Where and when: various, 1980s-present Trump Institute Where and when: Boca Raton and elsewhere, 2005-?
Show this to a Trump fan and he's likely to rage at you, perhaps punch you in the face. How dare anyone question their supreme leader.
Yep, Trump likes the way Putin runs his country. Didn't you know Russians have more freedom in Russia, than Americans have in the US. I wonder if Trump plays chess, a game of strategy which requires long range analysis of possible moves. Latest news:
Can Americans double or even triple their incomes this year? Donald Trump Speaks to a packed New Hampshire audience detailing his Income For Americans Plan.
http://consumersguidedfinancial.com/blog/breaking-news/trump-reveals-secret-to-wealth/index.php?AFFID=69&C1=690039&C2=1_6629_2290412&CID=3
Latest news:
Can Americans double or even triple their incomes this year? Donald Trump Speaks to a packed New Hampshire audience detailing his Income For Americans Plan.
consumersguidedfinancial-com/blog/breaking-news/trump-reveals-secret-to-wealth/index.php?AFFID=69&C1=690039&C2=1_6629_2290412&CID=3
:wow: Holly sheit, that's amazing.
Emily Hudson's Ultimate Home Profits
But I think perhaps you filed this story on the wrong board. I'm thinking right next to the "energy is cheap" thread and the ground floor offer of the perpetual motion machine thread. Ya think? 8-/

What an unbelievable campaign.
What’s that clown going to pull out of his hat (or is that arse) next. :grrr:

But what bugs me most is the fact that Trump owed 30 million in taxes and settled for 5 million. So the public treasury was shorted by 25 million dollars. He crowed about that he "made a profit" on declaring bankruptcy. IMO, that is not being a clever business man, that's plain old fraud. Yet he complains that Hillary got paid for speeches, she actually earned that money. Show me one legitimate deal by Trump where Trump paid his debts in full, out of his own pockets.
Sorry that bugs you. Is it the money or just Trump? Trump is an amateur when it comes to not paying taxes on income compared to the Clinton’s. Charity watchdog: Clinton Foundation a ‘slush fund'. http://nypost.com/2015/04/26/charity-watchdog-clinton-foundation-a-slush-fund/ The Clinton Foundation’s finances are so messy that the nation’s most influential charity watchdog put it on its “watch list" of problematic nonprofits last month. The Clinton family’s mega-charity took in more than $140 million in grants and pledges in 2013 but spent just $9 million on direct aid. The group spent the bulk of its windfall on administration, travel, and salaries and bonuses, with the fattest payouts going to family friends. If you got the time, I like to hear some of Hilary's famous quotes from these record setting speeches. What has Hilary got to say that is worth so much? I am not buying into any of that nonsense.
But what bugs me most is the fact that Trump owed 30 million in taxes and settled for 5 million. So the public treasury was shorted by 25 million dollars. He crowed about that he "made a profit" on declaring bankruptcy. IMO, that is not being a clever business man, that's plain old fraud. Yet he complains that Hillary got paid for speeches, she actually earned that money. Show me one legitimate deal by Trump where Trump paid his debts in full, out of his own pockets.
Sorry that bugs you. Is it the money or just Trump? Trump is an amateur when it comes to not paying taxes on income compared to the Clinton’s. Charity watchdog: Clinton Foundation a ‘slush fund'. http://nypost.com/2015/04/26/charity-watchdog-clinton-foundation-a-slush-fund/ The Clinton Foundation’s finances are so messy that the nation’s most influential charity watchdog put it on its “watch list" of problematic nonprofits last month. The Clinton family’s mega-charity took in more than $140 million in grants and pledges in 2013 but spent just $9 million on direct aid. The group spent the bulk of its windfall on administration, travel, and salaries and bonuses, with the fattest payouts going to family friends. If you got the time, I like to hear some of Hilary's famous quotes from these record setting speeches. What has Hilary got to say that is worth so much? I am not buying into any of that nonsense. You can stomp and scream rumor and innuendo all you want but all of Clinton's tax returns passed IRS audit. Can you say the same of Trump? I want to see his taxes!!!!!!!
What an unbelievable campaign. What's that clown going to pull out of his hat (or is that arse) next. :grrr:
Well, it must be said he has created the most bizarre reality show on TV, ever.

Want to see Trump in action? Do this: Contact Last Week Tonight with Jon Oliver. Ask them to put up “tax documents” for one Donald Drumpf that show he’s barely a millionaire. Then publicize the heck out of it saying the returns show he’s barely a millionaire. If Trump complains, then we know his original name was Drumpf, thereby knocking down his brand, which is his name. It’s win win but the Last Week folks need to hear about the idea.

Want to see Trump in action? Do this: Contact Last Week Tonight with Jon Oliver. Ask them to put up "tax documents" for one Donald Drumpf that show he's barely a millionaire. Then publicize the heck out of it saying the returns show he's barely a millionaire. If Trump complains, then we know his original name was Drumpf, thereby knocking down his brand, which is his name. It's win win but the Last Week folks need to hear about the idea.
That would indeed make a great vehicle for Jon Oliver's brand of humor. I am a great fan.
But what bugs me most is the fact that Trump owed 30 million in taxes and settled for 5 million. So the public treasury was shorted by 25 million dollars. He crowed about that he "made a profit" on declaring bankruptcy. IMO, that is not being a clever business man, that's plain old fraud. Yet he complains that Hillary got paid for speeches, she actually earned that money. Show me one legitimate deal by Trump where Trump paid his debts in full, out of his own pockets.
Sorry that bugs you. Is it the money or just Trump? Trump is an amateur when it comes to not paying taxes on income compared to the Clinton’s. Charity watchdog: Clinton Foundation a ‘slush fund'. http://nypost.com/2015/04/26/charity-watchdog-clinton-foundation-a-slush-fund/ The Clinton Foundation’s finances are so messy that the nation’s most influential charity watchdog put it on its “watch list" of problematic nonprofits last month. The Clinton family’s mega-charity took in more than $140 million in grants and pledges in 2013 but spent just $9 million on direct aid. The group spent the bulk of its windfall on administration, travel, and salaries and bonuses, with the fattest payouts going to family friends. If you got the time, I like to hear some of Hilary's famous quotes from these record setting speeches. What has Hilary got to say that is worth so much? I am not buying into any of that nonsense. You can stomp and scream rumor and innuendo all you want but all of Clinton's tax returns passed IRS audit. Can you say the same of Trump? I want to see his taxes!!!!!!! I don’t think you really want to see Trump’s taxes. I doubt if you could understand them anyway. I know I don’t know enough about corporate tax laws to even begin to understand them. I have worked with corporate tax attorneys and believe me when I say that they live in a different world. I think you just want anything you can get to throw mud at Trump. And I would not be bosting that Clinton passed the IRS audit. The IRS is as crooked as they come. That seemed to be the view of the DC judges who just reviewed the IRS. And there are some in congress that think the IRS should be closed down completely because they are so corrupt.
I don’t think you really want to see Trump’s taxes. I doubt if you could understand them anyway. I know I don’t know enough about corporate tax laws to even begin to understand them. I have worked with corporate tax attorneys and believe me when I say that they live in a different world. I think you just want anything you can get to throw mud at Trump. And I would not be bosting that Clinton passed the IRS audit. The IRS is as crooked as they come. That seemed to be the view of the DC judges who just reviewed the IRS. And there are some in congress that think the IRS should be closed down completely because they are so corrupt.
Could you give us a list of all of your jobs now, because it seems like you have claimed to have done an awful lot. It seems like you claim whatever is convenient for the given discussion.
But what bugs me most is the fact that Trump owed 30 million in taxes and settled for 5 million. So the public treasury was shorted by 25 million dollars. He crowed about that he "made a profit" on declaring bankruptcy. IMO, that is not being a clever business man, that's plain old fraud. Yet he complains that Hillary got paid for speeches, she actually earned that money. Show me one legitimate deal by Trump where Trump paid his debts in full, out of his own pockets.
Sorry that bugs you. Is it the money or just Trump? Trump is an amateur when it comes to not paying taxes on income compared to the Clinton’s. Charity watchdog: Clinton Foundation a ‘slush fund'. http://nypost.com/2015/04/26/charity-watchdog-clinton-foundation-a-slush-fund/ The Clinton Foundation’s finances are so messy that the nation’s most influential charity watchdog put it on its “watch list" of problematic nonprofits last month. The Clinton family’s mega-charity took in more than $140 million in grants and pledges in 2013 but spent just $9 million on direct aid. The group spent the bulk of its windfall on administration, travel, and salaries and bonuses, with the fattest payouts going to family friends. If you got the time, I like to hear some of Hilary's famous quotes from these record setting speeches. What has Hilary got to say that is worth so much? I am not buying into any of that nonsense. You can stomp and scream rumor and innuendo all you want but all of Clinton's tax returns passed IRS audit. Can you say the same of Trump? I want to see his taxes!!!!!!! I don’t think you really want to see Trump’s taxes. I doubt if you could understand them anyway. I know I don’t know enough about corporate tax laws to even begin to understand them. That's why we have accredited experts. They can do the heavy lifting and share their findings with the rest of us citizens.