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.
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does anyone recall the assassination of Commerce Secretary, Ron Brown by billy and the cover up? No! billy had all the bodies cremated. two of the women on the plane had worked on air-force 1 and were pregnant-both single. the history of the clinton’s is trash.
Did Donald kill anyone??? No and your short term memory will recall that a few years back they tried to kill Trump when his chopper exploded-do you recall??
the intellectual prowess of the alleged journalists in the country are lacking only to the last 11 PM news.
In this corner, we have someone who has 3,500 lawsuits filed against him. In the opposite corner, we have someone who clearly broke the law with regards to the handling, transmission, and storage of classified material and who most likely broke other laws with regards to the Clinton Foundation all while lying to the American people about it. In the third corner, we have a successful former governor who knows how to balance a budget and get things done but he really likes drugs. All of them are vying to replace the most divisive, incompetent President we’ve had in recent times who has also demonstrated a disdain for this country.
I am going to see if I can get bumper stickers made for my two dogs promoting their presidential run this year. If any of the aforementioned four can be POTUS, so can they.
False premise. The majority of these lawsuits are not against a presidential candidate. The vast majority of these lawsuits have been targeted at Trump’s businesses, not him personally (I haven’t looked at all of them, but unless Trump is personally named as a party, to the lawsuit, it is only his company that the lawsuit is against.) . A business is a separate entity than the person of Donald Trump. The same goes for the bankruptcies, which is a perfectly legal way to reorganize a company’s debt.
@another vet: I’ve got 3 dogs I may put in nomination against your two—gotta be better than DT or HRC
Spent an hour watching Fox then an hour on CNN–Alternative Universes
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