Donald Trump and the former Trump University are facing a $40 million suit that claims students hoping to learn real-estate techniques paid for pricey courses that didn’t live up to promises.New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the suit on Saturday, report the New York Times, the Associated Press and Reuters.“More than 5,000 people across the country who paid Donald Trump $40 million to teach them his hard sell tactics got a hard lesson in bait-and-switch,” Schneiderman said in a press release. “Mr. Trump used his celebrity status and personally appeared in commercials making false promises to convince people to spend tens of thousands of dollars they couldn’t afford for lessons they never got.”Ads for free workshops displayed Donald Trump’s photograph and signature, or portrayed letters by Trump himself. They promised that Trump’s handpicked experts would share his techniques; one told would-be students that they could … [Read more...] about Donald Trump faces $40M suit by New York AG, who says students got lesson in bait-and-switch
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Indeed, courts may be powerless to address violations because no one would have standing to sue.But the clause is in the limelight as a result of Donald Trump’s widespread business operations, report the New York Times, ThinkProgress, a Volokh Conspiracy post by Case Western Reserve law professor Erik Jensen, and a New York Times op-ed by Fordham law professor Zephyr Teachout.Trump’s companies do business with entities controlled by foreign governments and people who have ties to foreign governments, the Times explains. That could violate the emoluments clause.The clause states that, absent congressional consent, no one holding any office of profit or trust shall “accept of any present, emolument, office or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince or foreign state.”“If nothing else,” Jensen writes at the Volokh Conspiracy, “the clause emphasizes the founders’ fears about economic benefits coming to American officials from … [Read more...] about Is Donald Trump about to violate the emoluments clause?
As billionaire Donald Trump flirts with a run for the White House, his lengthy history of filing lawsuits — often to protect his image or gain a financial edge — is making conservatives wary of excessive litigation wince.The real estate tycoon has been a party (as defendant or plaintiff) in about 100 federal lawsuits, according to a review of a legal database. Moreover, five of Trump’s major companies have been embroiled in over 200 civil suits in federal courts, according to court records.A few examples:Trump has filed lawsuits against Palm Beach County, Fla., where he owns a palatial home and private club, called Mar-a-Lago, seeking to block a new runway at a local airport because it could increase the noise levels near his property.He has sued his former New York law firm, Morrison Cohen, for citing him as an ex-client on its website and treating him like a “cash cow.”Trump sued former New York Times journalist Tim O’Brien and his publisher … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s Lawsuits Could Turn Off Conservatives Who Embrace Tort Reform
October 4, 2016 - At first glance, gambling appears to be one of the many issues on which Donald Trump and Mike Pence differ. Trump is an East Coast casino magnate who has boasted of using his fortune to influence lawmakers. Pence is a socially conservative Midwesterner who says he has never even bought a lottery ticket. He has cast himself as an opponent of expanding gaming in a state whose campaign finance laws aim to limit casino moguls’ political power.But a closer look shows the Republican standard-bearers have plenty in common: As casino industry cash went around Indiana’s anti-corruption laws and into groups supporting Pence’s campaigns, the GOP governor used his power to help gambling interests. While Trump has promised throughout the 2016 presidential campaign that his personal wealth would insulate his administration from donor influence, the actions of his running mate on the gaming issue challenge that pledge.A review of campaign finance records … [Read more...] about Donald Trump, Mike Pence Pledged To Limit Gaming, Then Helped Casinos After Campaign Donations
On Monday morning, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway was confronted with an “untruth” that Trump told about Monday night’s debate moderator Lester Holt. Her response was a doozy. It also clearly demonstrates that Trump has one strict standard when it comes to the media, and one lax standard when it comes to himself when the truth is involved. What I mean is that if Trump held himself to the same standard that he wants to hold the media to when it comes to libel laws, he would be guilty of defaming several people, maybe even Holt.Last week, Trump falsely accused the NBC host of being a Democrat. “Look, it’s a phony system,” Trump said during The O’Reilly Factor. “Lester is a Democrat. I mean, they are all Democrats. Okay? It’s a very unfair system.” Only thing, that’s actually not true. Holt has been a registered Republican in New … [Read more...] about Under Donald’s Standard for Libel, Trump Would Be Guilty Himself of Defaming NBC’s Lester Holt
Hillary Clinton has her own disclosure problems with a state attorney general’s office that dwarfs anything close to the $25,000 donation Donald Trump made in 2013 to a group affiliated with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. A three month long investigation by the Scripps News Washington Bureau published on Tuesday revealed Clinton family charities have ignored New York state law requirements to publicly disclose the identity of each foreign country and the amount it donates in filings available from 2010-2014. In one example, the report found the failure to properly disclose donations has led to a $225,000,000 discrepancy between what a Clinton charity told the IRS and what it filed with New York state regulators.All the while, the New York Attorney General’s Office has had the power to enforce the disclosure requirements but apparently has neglected to do so. It just so happens that during the relevant time period, that office has been occupied … [Read more...] about Forget Trump’s Donations, Clinton Charities Have Flouted State Disclosure Laws for Years!
Warning to the Trumpets. It ain’t over. It is just beginning.Below are a list of tactics that Establishment Republicans may use to block the nomination of Donald Trump. Yes, I know. If they succeed they will not win the White House but many in the establishment will make just as much money under a Democrat insider as they will with a Republican insider. So they may not care.All they may want to do is send the message to any future “outsider” candidate, “This is our party and you need our approval to participate. If you try to do this without us we will destroy you.”These tactics were used in 2012 to keep Libertarian insurgents from winning delegates to the Republican National Convention. The fear was that Ron Paul would be able to place his name in nomination and give a speech about capital cronyism and how big corporations use the system to corrupt free enterprise. Donald Trump can learn from our experience.What was at … [Read more...] about 15 Dirty Tricks The GOP Establishment Can Use to Stop Donald Trump
In a letter to the Trump Organization, General Services Administration Contracting Officer Kevin M. Terry says he has determined that the president’s business is in “full compliance” because profits from the hotel won’t go directly to Trump while he’s president.The 2013 lease for the Trump International Hotel expressly forbids any federal official from participating or benefiting from the project, a $200 million renovation of historic Old Post Office building a few blocks from the White House.Numerous ethics experts have questioned whether Trump violated the terms of his lease the moment he took the oath of office.Steven Schooner, a professor of government procurement law at George Washington University, called Thursday’s ruling unpersuasive and damaging to the credibility of the GSA.“It has never been easier for a foreign government, lobbyist or special-interest group to funnel money directly to the president of the United States and his … [Read more...] about Feds: Trump DC Hotel Not in Violation of Government Lease After All
President Trump’s tweets this morning are sparking calls for everything from officially declaring him “incapacitated” to serve as president, to the commencement of impeachment proceedings, to the now-familiar anxiety inspired by proof that our commander in chief is completely unhinged. There’s no doubt that a president multi-tweeting about a news anchor’s appearance and IQ is inappropriate/undignified/deeply weird, but what else does it mean?LawNewz contributor Robert Barnes did his best to dismiss the notion that Trump could be removed for his morning bully-ramblings, based on the premise that any effort to hold Trump accountable for his actions is, by definition, a liberal coup. The fact is, that not only is obsessively sending obnoxious tweets cause for concern of the neurological variety, but it’s also exactly the kind of conduct for which impeachment was created to curtail. Of course, the limits of impeachment as a remedy haven’t been … [Read more...] about Mika Shouldn’t Just Be Annoyed, She Should Sue The Heck Out of Trump
Donald Trump, “[O]pen up our libel laws.”The National Law Journal reports if the Supreme Court grants certiorari to take up Armstrong v. Thompson, it will be the first time in decades the nation’s high court has an opportunity to reexamine the holding in New York Times v. Sullivan. In the landmark 1964 Sullivan case, the Supreme Court held the First Amendment protects media outlets even when the print false statements about public officials, so long as they did not act with “actual malice.” Under this standard, it is incredibly difficult for public officials to bring successful lawsuits for libel and defamation.Here is how the NLJ describes the Armstrong case: William Armstrong, a former low-level criminal investigator for the U.S. Treasury Department, is challenging a lower court ruling that placed him in the category of “public official,” for whom the Times case made defamation suits hard to win. The … [Read more...] about Case Before SCOTUS Could Be First to Actually ‘Open Up Our Libel Laws’ (As Trump Says)