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Donald J Trump - Lawsuits -- Not True

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Submitted by Nancy A (United States), Sep 17, 2016 at 11:47

Here is the USA Today article you quoted in full:

Donald Trump is an American businessman, politician, television personality, author, and the nominee of the Republican Party for President of the United States in the 2016 election.

An analysis by USA Today published in June 2016 found that over the previous three decades, Trump and his businesses have been involved in 3,500 legal cases in U.S. federal courts and state court, an unprecedented number for a U.S. presidential candidate.[1] Of the 3,500 suits, Trump or one of his companies were plaintiffs in 1,900; defendants in 1,450; and bankruptcy, third party, or other in 150.[1] Trump was named in at least 169 suits in federal court.[2] A number of other cases (over 150) were in the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida (covering Broward County, Florida) since 1983.[3]

The topics of the legal cases include contract disputes, defamation claims, and allegations of sexual harassment and rape.[1][4][5][6][7][8][9][10] Trump's companies have been involved in more than 100 tax disputes, and on "at least three dozen" occasions the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has obtained tax liens against Trump properties for nonpayment of taxes.[1] On a number of occasions, Trump has threatened legal action but did not ultimately follow through.[7]

Of Trump's involvement in the lawsuits, his lawyer Alan Garten said in 2015 that this was "a natural part of doing business in [the United States],"[7][11] and in the real estate industry, litigation to enforce contracts and resolve business disputes is indeed common.[7] Trump has, however, been involved in more litigation far more than fellow real-estate magnates; the USA Today analysis in 2016 found that Trump had been involved in legal disputes more than Edward J. DeBartolo Jr., Donald Bren, Stephen M. Ross, Sam Zell, and Larry Silverstein combined.[1]

The Trump lawsuits[7][11] have attracted criticism from Trump's opponents, who say that this is not a trait that conservatives should support.[7] James Copland, director of legal policy at the conservative-leaning Manhattan Institute, states that "Trump clearly has an affinity for filing lawsuits, partly because he owns a lot of businesses" and has sometimes used litigation as a "bullying tactic."[7]

Although Trump has said that he "never" settles legal claims, Trump and his businesses have settled with plaintiffs in at least 100 cases (mostly involving personal injury claims arising from injuries at Trump properties), with settlements ranging as high as the hundreds of thousands of U.S. dollars.[1]

Among the most well-known Trump legal cases are the ongoing litigation over Trump University, which is the subject of three ongoing lawsuits – one by the New York State Attorney General and the others by class action plaintiffs.[12]

According to the USA Today analysis, "Among those cases with a clear resolution, Trump's side was the apparent victor in 451 and the loser in 38. In about 500 cases, judges dismissed plaintiffs' claims against Trump. In hundreds more, cases ended with the available public record unclear about the resolution."[1]

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\\\You have to remember he builds large buildings and in construction if one subcontracts fails then contractors has to pick file a lawsuit. If a contractor does not do a good job; the owner won't pay it; then they go to court to fight it. This is could it goes in construction. Overall he has a good profile. I know he had a couple of bankruptcy and restructures them

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Donald J Trump has good people looking after him. God bless him and hope he can bring our country back together

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Daniel Pipes replies:

I'll quote a key paragraph from the USA Today article you cited:

"Trump has, however, been involved in more litigation far more than fellow real-estate magnates; the USA Today analysis in 2016 found that Trump had been involved in legal disputes more than Edward J. DeBartolo Jr., Donald Bren, Stephen M. Ross, Sam Zell, and Larry Silverstein combined."

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