Donald Trump Has Been Involved In Over 3,500 Lawsuits. | Gradient

Donald Trump has been involved in over 3,500 lawsuits.


Future President of the United States Donald Trump is bad at a lot of things, but credit where credit is due: he is good as suing people. At least, he sues people a lot, and practice makes perfect. And when we say “a lot,” we mean a lot. According to USA Today, Trump has been involved in a jaw-crashing 3,500 lawsuits and counting over the course of his mysterious existence.

That’s an unprecedented number for a presidential nominee, to put it mildly. And if you think that, given his busy schedule, Trump would be curtailing his habit of getting involved in legal dust-ups, you have not been paying attention to Trump’s style. From USA Today:

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.

General Counsel for the Trump Organization Alan Garten said the lawsuits are nothing out of the ordinary for any company the size of Trump’s, saying “I think we have far less litigation of companies of our size.”

But USA Today’s investigation blew that line of reasoning to pieces. They studied the litigation habits of five other top real estate moguls (Edward DeBartolo, a shopping-center developer; Donald Bren, chairman of the Irvine Company; Stephen Ross, Time Warner Center developer; Sam Zell, Chicago real-estate bigwig; and Larry Silverstein, a New York developer specializing in WTC properties) and found that Trump has more lawsuits than all of them combined.

One of Trump’s chief boasts is that he’s a negotiator and a businessman, and USA Today’s investigation reveals that’s true insofar as dragging people to court can be considered “negotiation.” He’s clearly had some measure of success with these tactics (although just how much success is a matter of some dispute) but, it bears mentioning here, Presidents don’t just get to sue anyone who disagrees with them.

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