Election 2016 Ethics

Report: Trump Has Been Involved in Over 4,000 Lawsuits

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Thanks to USA Today we already learned that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been involved in over 3,500 lawsuits as both a defendant and a plaintiff, but Today has updated their count which has crossed the 4,000 mark.

USA Today has published a database of lawsuits Trump has been named in at their website which you can browse at your leisure.

Trump uses the lawsuits to negotiate throughout his business relationships. He turns to litigation to distance himself from failing projects that relied on the Trump brand. And he uses the legal system to haggle over his property bills and contracts with vendors.

USA TODAY Network journalists continue to scour local, state and federal courts for lawsuits or other legal filings involving the candidate and each of his 500-plus companies he identified on his personal financial disclosure with the Federal Election Commission.

Trump has reportedly been named in 70 additional lawsuits since he first announced his presidential candidacy last year.

As far as I know, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is not currently a defendant named in any lawsuits with the possible exception of Emailgate disclosure trolling filed by Larry Klayman's Judicial Watch.

I can't praise USA Today's work enough here. They have an entire team of reporters who've been working on this for months and scouring court records across the country is an exceptionally tedious task. Moreover, this is far from over because 4,000 is not the final count. Dedicating this amount of resources to an undertaking like this is exceptionally rare in today's media environment.

At his current pace, Trump could be named in dozens more lawsuits before the nation votes in November.

  • muselet

    I expect a rousing chorus of outrage from the Rs about Donald Trump’s use and abuse of the courts.

    Any minute now. Any minute …


  • Count me as gobsmacked that the best investigative journalism going on in the U.S. right now is happening at USA Today. I sure hope they keep it up.

    • muselet

      It is shocking, isn’t it?


  • Username1016

    Didn’t I see a story on HuffPost yesterday about someone charging him with rape of an underage girl? It doesn’t seem to be getting much play, why is that?

    • JMAshby

      As far as I know there are actually 3 accusations of rape against him. As for why it isn’t getting much play, there seem to be some serious questions about the man who’s been promoting the latest cases to the media. I don’t know if that’s the whole explanation. I haven’t covered the accusations except in passing because I don’t know enough about each case and others are more qualified to talk about it. All we know for sure is Trump’s former wife accused him of raping her in a sworn deposition at the time of their divorce. I’m inclined to believe his accusers.