Skip to comments.New York Attorney General sues Donald Trump for $40M, claiming 'Trump University' fraud
Posted on 08/25/2013 2:43:02 AM PDT by Ron C.
New York's attorney general sued Donald Trump for $40 million Saturday, saying the real estate mogul helped run a phony "Trump University" that promised to make students rich but instead steered them into expensive and mostly useless seminars, and even failed to deliver promised apprenticeships.
Trump shot back that the Democrat's lawsuit is false and politically motivated.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says many of the 5,000 students who paid up to $35,000 thought they would at least meet Trump but instead all they got was their picture taken in front of a life-size picture of "The Apprentice" TV star.
"Trump University engaged in deception at every stage of consumers' advancement through costly programs and caused real financial harm," Schneiderman said. "Trump University, with Donald Trump's knowledge and participation, relied on Trump's name recognition and celebrity status to take advantage of consumers who believed in the Trump brand."
But Trump's attorney accused Schneiderman of trying to extort campaign contributions from the real estate mogul through his investigation of Trump. Attorney Michael D. Cohen told The Associated Press on Saturday that Schneiderman's lawsuit was filled with falsehoods. Cohen said Trump and his university never defrauded anyone.
He said Trump University provided nearly 11,000 testimonials to Schneiderman from students praising the program and said 98 percent of students in a survey termed the program "excellent."
"The attorney general has been angry because he felt that Mr. Trump and his various companies should have done much more for him in terms of fundraising," Cohen said. "This entire investigation is politically motivated and it is a tremendous waste of taxpayers' money."
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Its the Kommunist way.
- I seem to recall a former NY state AG that then became Governor pulled this extortion crapola before
- Isn’t he now running for Comtroller of NYC - and running in 1st place now -
- Client #9
If that 98% figure is true, thenThe Donald needs to give them all a call, have them fly in to film a few group commercials and run them heavily. Then countersue and relieve the idiot voters of NY of their unneeded cash. They elected him/his bosses, so they can pay dearly for their mistake.
Sucks for good people there. But by now if they refuse to leave that craphole they are just as much to blame.
DON’T CROSS the KING!!!
LOLYes. I see no victim here.
I am not a Trump fan, the guy is a known shyster, why anyone would invest $35,000 dollars in a Seminar he puts out only makes me think that a fool and his money are soon parted.
98 percent is an enormous satisfaction rate.
If Trump’s courses are useless, he should be held accountable.
Every bit as bad as Islamist scum, only they don't participate in honor killing or cutting off heads... YET
no one made them sign on the line......
Eric Schneiderman = Client # 10
This is a combination of extortion and electoral precaution. The first is obvious; as to the second, someone considers it a reasonable precaution to smear Donald in case he is too vocal in upcoming elections, to downgrade the attention he’ll get.
Right. They contract with Islamists to do the beheadings for them, in places like Benghazi.
New York Democrats, like their Mafia buddies, know how to shake down anyone with money. They are almost as good at it as the Feral Gubment.
Yes, if the courses are useless, he should be held accountable. The free market will take care of that fairly
quickly-no one will sign up for his courses.
I suspect that before this is over Trump will own this new attorney general.
Shame on those students for wasting their money on Trump U. when it could have gone to political contributions! Give it up, Donald; you know that money paid to you is never really yours.
I am not a Trump fan, the guy is a known shyster,
You are 100 percent correct. I would not trust Trump with my pet bird much less my 35,000 dollars. People are gullible, but I don’t think that is Trumps fault. He offered a silly seminar and people paid for it. I am sure Trump was laughing as he saw the idiots signing up for it, but it is not illegal.
The NY AG is an idiot, but claiming a 98% satisfaction rate insane. Its against human nature. At no time in history has 98% of the people in a large group ever agreed.
You are right. That figure cannot possibly be true. I suspect something like 90% now know they were duped, however. And, despite what others have said on this thread, it might be illegal depending on what was promised and what was delievered.
That is not a joke.
I don’t for sure see any proof of that number beyond the claim quoted, but that is beyond excellent. 98%.
I suspect another agenda.
That is all I’m saying.
“At no time in history has 98% of the people in a large group ever agreed.”
Except in some Democrat precincts at election time.
Same as the State University of New York.
Same as many public high schools and elementary schools.
I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for the AG to take action on those, however.
Offer, acceptance = contract
BTW, the progressive should fix the public schools, so much money wasted in public K-12 education.
Thanks for posting this. I have edited it a little.
‘If Trumps courses are useless, he should be held accountable.’
Same as any NY college or any New York State University.
Same as many public high schools and elementary schools.
I’m not going to hold my breath waiting for the AG to take action on those, however.
What did they want for just $ 35,000?
“New York’s attorney general sued Donald Trump for $40 million”
40 million? Pocket change to Trump
One exception, from 2000 - 2008, 99% of demonRATs agreed:
“It’s Bush’s Fault!”
And there are jobs waiting for those who paid $$$ to govt colleges ???
It’s a publicity stunt by the NYAG. Courts have already tossed cases of law school grads suing the law schools they attended because the grads didn’t like their job prospects after graduating. The grads claimed the school(s) provided misleading data to get them to enroll. Courts said, in essence, Caveat Emptor. Suits vs. Trump U will have the same result.
But useless lib degrees and Islamic madrasahs are perfectly ok... Screw these commie rats. May they eat their islamo crap and choke.
Here’s the problem with that. People will still sign up, even if it’s of no value, because of the name Donald Trump. Because he has been highly successful in a difficult real estate market, he knows real estate and people would trust him even if he tells them crap.
My father had a recent dishonesty with an insurance company. He’s a senior, about 76 years of age, and he got hit by a car. He was knocked to the pavement and broke his hip. The insurance company went to him and had him sign some documents, while he was high on pain killers and not cognitive as to what he was signing.
In a nutshell, the insurance company had him sign some documents that minimize what they have to pay out to him, an inadequate fund for the amount of rehabilitation he is going to need to recover. Unfortunately because of his age, there is a very real chance he will die within the next six months, because when a senior gets a hip fracture, they very rarely recover fully.
Now it is fortunate that there is a real chance of having a judge over turn what they had him sign, because of his inability to understand what it is that he signed and the fact that, while in the hospital, he has given strict guidelines that he is to be represented by his daughter.
If it weren’t for a public judge, there would be no recourse in the free market. Free market only works well when both parties are honest men. When one is a crook, the only recourse is a public judge.
My mother in law lived 12 years after breaking her hip. After the first year, and until the last those were very active years. She was 78 at the time. She may have defied the stats, I don’t know, but never looked at her broken hip as a death sentence.
But, you’re right, most insurance companies suck. Big time.
Not trying to take sides with this comment, but did Trump get accredited as a University?
Self selecting group of suckers who fell for the scam in the first place.
I’m going with “sooner”-—remember Clintoon pulled this same basic krap with Microsoft. The notion that we all should have to buy political “protection” is krap and is probably going to get somebody hurt
If you can sue for this then I want to sue the IRS. I’m not getting my moneys worth.
Colleges regularly price gouge the hell out of students not to mention get money from the government and never in my 51 years ever heard anyone sue them. NYU for example is *the* largest real estate owners in ALL of New York city. Geee, where are they getting all this cash? And not only that, they regularly run small businesses out of business by raising rents through the roof which is primarily why all you see are high end fashion stores popping up all around the city. Bleecker street now looks like Rodeo drive. How anti-capitalist of NYU.
Trayvon was fatally shot during an altercation by former neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman........
Don't you just love how the lib press assigns blame in such nonchalant ways? They've been doing this to Zimmerman ever since this story first broke. It's not "During an altercation, Trayvon was shot by Zimmerman"...No, it's "Trayvon was shot during an alteration BY Zimmerman" so people will read it as if Zimmerman was the cause of this altercation.
Be very careful what you ask for...
The Trump University is a TOTAL F’ing SCAM.
Back when Trump had no shame in putting his face on the adverts for the scam, there were some heated threads on PR about it, and I took lots of crap for calling a scam a scam.
Absolutely horrendous scam that riped off the dumbest suckers in flyover country based on the Apprentice TV show scams.
Mindnumbing to believe so many people believe trash entertainment like Apprentice is a basis to make a sound decision on a minimum 1500 dollar seminar scam investment to further their careers.
The 98% is a scam, it was a survey card printed by Trump U to force feed responses, handed out during the 2nd intermission in the one day courses.
Big difference between Trump U and CUNY SUNY public schools in general.
Trump U made explicit and implicit guarantees in their marketing materials, huge whale size whoopers of lies, and did so repeatedly , for years, even after the first rounds of “graduates’ were already sueing Trump U for damages.
Law schools are smart enough to not explicitly guarantee success upon graduation. Trump U went into explicit guarantee territory and then some.
The ABA clamped down on a number of law schools, others took the initiative themselves,to clean up their acts. There was a good bit of misleading data put out about job prospects after graduating, especially by the lower tiered law schools. I never heard of Trump U before so have absolutely no clue what was offered or promised.