One of the central tenets of the conservative movement has been to bring about a less litigious society. It is not expensive to file a lawsuit in this country. For a few hundred dollars anybody can file a civil lawsuit both at the state level and federal level. Donald Trump, despite being worth “Ten billion dollars!” (Trump likes to say that the way announcers say what a cash prize is on shows like ‘The Price Is Right.’), finds it necessary at times (many times) to file lawsuits, whether they are personal or through his businesses.
From the Wall Street Journal:
When Donald Trump thought planes were flying too close to one of his luxury South Florida resorts, he sued Palm Beach County for $100 million in an effort to change the flight path.
When a series of concerts at the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City didn’t come off as he wanted, the real-estate magnate filed a lawsuit alleging, among other things, that the band Earth, Wind & Fire wasn’t A-list talent. He sued a Miss USA contestant for disparaging the beauty pageant on social media and elsewhere. He sued one of his own law firms for using his name in its marketing.
Mr. Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner, has faced hundreds of lawsuits during his long business career. A Wall Street Journal analysis of federal and state court filings shows that he and his companies also have filed a multitude of lawsuits against others when things haven’t gone their way—or to help them get what they want.
It gets even more crazy:
Mr. Trump’s reputation for using the court system to advance his business interests has followed him on the campaign trail. Jeb Bush attacked him during a debate in February for using a lawsuit in the 1990s to “try to take the property of an elderly woman on the strip in Atlantic City” for a limousine parking lot—an effort that ultimately failed. Mr. Trump said in the debate that although “it’s not that I love it,” eminent domain is “a necessity for our country.”
Mr. Trump subsequently threatened to sue Texas Sen. Ted Cruz over the veracity of a TV campaign ad.
“You have been threatening frivolous lawsuits for your entire adult life.” Mr. Cruz said in a news conference. “Even in the annals of frivolous lawsuits, this takes the cake.”
How about those “little guys” that Trump is always claiming he wants to protect? Well, he’s happy to sue them as well:
Mr. Trump currently is pursuing a lawsuit in Florida centering on hotel workers who said they weren’t paid for working a 10-day event related to Passover at the Trump Plaza Doral Hotel in Miami in April 2014. The total wages sought by 57 servers, cooks and managers: $139,067.25
According to the lawsuit, the workers were hired by a staffing company, which didn’t pay them. To get paid, the workers sued Mr. Trump’s hotel, a catering company and the tour company that organizes the annual Passover event at his hotel.
When some of the defendants settled their case with the workers, Mr. Trump’s hotel sued the co-defendants to make sure that the hotel wasn’t stuck with the bill. Mr. Trump’s hotel also is seeking to recoup its legal fees. The lawsuit is ongoing.
In a lawsuit filed last October, Mr. Trump said members of the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 distributed a flier at a campaign event that said Mr. Trump stayed at the rival Treasure Island Hotel.
“Mr. Trump is the very definition of the American success story,” the lawsuit states. “He is the archetypal businessman—a deal maker without peer.”
In the lawsuit, Mr. Trump states the flier “communicated to the public that the quality of the accommodations of Trump Hotel Las Vegas was not ‘good enough’ for Mr. Trump.”
Lawyers for the labor union countered that the flier didn’t disparage the quality of Mr. Trump’s hotel, but rather stated that workers at Treasure Island are unionized, while Mr. Trump’s hotel workers aren’t. The case is pending.
Now keep in mind, Donald Trump has publicly stated he wants to weaken libel laws so it will be easier for him to file lawsuits against newspapers, television stations and other forms of media. This is what bullies do.
Chalk this up to Donald Trump being anything other than a conservative.