Fraud Class Action Against Trumps Allowed to Proceed

A federal judge in New York has held that President Donald Trump and three of his children cannot delay a putative class action accusing them of fraud. The case has been filed by plaintiffs that so far remain anonymous. They allege that the Trump family defrauded thousands of people into investing in worthless business ventures using the Trump name. The Trumps had asked for a stay in the case while they appeal the New York federal judge’s order earlier this month denying their motion to send the suit to arbitration.

The New York federal judge has now held that the Trumps are not likely to prevail on appeal and haven’t demonstrated that they would be “irreparably harmed” without a stay.

According to the 2018 suit, the president, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump plotted for more than a decade to endorse schemes that ultimately held little to no value for people who bought into them, such as Trump University and multilevel marketing company American Communications Network.

The case is Doe et al. v. The Trump Corp. et al., case number 1:18-cv-09936, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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Steve Larson

An experienced trial lawyer who handles both hourly and contingent fee cases, Steve has expertise in class actions, environmental clean-up litigation, antitrust litigation, securities litigation, corporate disputes, intellectual property disputes, unfair competition claims, and disputes involving family wealth. Steve regularly represents individuals and businesses in federal and state court and has obtained class-wide recovery in multiple class actions. A veteran practitioner, Steve’s clients value his creative approach to resolving complex litigation matters.


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