Trump’s Taste of His Own Medicine

Donald Trump is being sued, but he's more used to doing the high-profile suing

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Donald Trump speaks during the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, on Aug. 10, 2013

New York state is suing local bigmouth Donald Trump for $40 million, accusing him of running a bogus Trump University that promised students get-rich-quick schemes — but instead was just a series of pointless seminars costing up to $35,000.

And students didn’t even get to meet Trump like they expected — all they got was a photo-op with a life-sized cardboard cutout of the orange-haired real estate mogul.

But state attorney general Eric Schneiderman is just giving Trump, who is notoriously litigious, a taste of his own medicine. Here are some of the most famous (or infamous) legal threats and lawsuits that the Donald has made.

Real Lawsuit With Bill Maher
Trump announced in February on Fox & Friends that he would sue Real Time host Bill Maher for failing to pay up after a very public bet. Maher, mocking Trump’s $5 million pursuit of President Barack Obama’s college records, said that he would pay $5 million to charity if Trump could prove he was not the spawn of an orangutan. Trump provided his birth certificate to prove that his father was, in fact, homo sapien Fred Trump. When Maher didn’t pay up, Trump sued him. Trump put the lawsuit on hold in April — though only temporarily, his spokesman insisted.

Here She Is, Miss Pennsylvania
Trump sued former Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin last year after she posted a Facebook rant saying that the Trump-run Miss USA pageant was rigged. The beauty queen said the finalists were picked ahead of time and that the contest was a sham. His spokesman said Monnin was a “sore loser” and was looking for her “15 minutes of fame.” Then Trump sued her for $5 million and won. Monnin’s appeal was struck down in July, and she’s been ordered to pay up.

I’m Really, Really Rich
Call The Donald anything but just a lowly millionaire. In his 2005 book, Trump Nation, Timothy O’Brien cited three confidential sources who said that Trump was worth between $150 million and $250 million. Big mistake. Trump sued O’Brien for libel, claiming that he was actually worth between $5 billion and $6 billion. The case was eventually thrown out.

‘Fat-Ass Pockets’
When Rosie O’Donnell mocked Trump on The View in 2006, he went on the warpath. “I’ll probably sue Rosie, because she doesn’t tell the facts,” Trump told Access Hollywood. “As an example: I’m worth many billions of dollars. She said I was bankrupt. I never went bankrupt. So probably, I’ll sue her. Because it would be fun. I’d like to take some money out of her fat-ass pockets.” Trump never followed through with his lawsuit, but the two went on to have a long and happy Internet feud.

I Did So Send Investigators to Hawaii!
Trump seems to have a thing for O’Donnells. In 2011, MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell called Trump a liar for claiming that he sent investigators to Hawaii to investigate the circumstances of Obama’s birth. Trump took to Twitter, threatening to sue O’Donnell for making “many false statements” about him. O’Donnell responded on air with the cold taunt: “Donald Trump will never sue me because I know his big secret, his biggest secret, and he knows that I know it: Donald Trump cannot afford to sue me, and he knows it.” Who knows why, but Trump has yet to file a lawsuit.

19 comments
Openminded1
Openminded1

I blame the media and stupid TV host for keeping this ass hole in the lime light. he is not a billionaire , he is a millionaire but he embellishes his net worth due to his ego. It is people in the media and entertainment world that keep boosting this morons image. Like the other big mouth bragger Kathie Lee Giffford  who kisses his ass.

JoeSandiego
JoeSandiego

I also suspect Trump is not very rich.  Notice how he never follows through on his threats to people who call him out.  He cheated the people in Baja Trump, and he cheated the people at seminars, and now he is cheating them more at Trump University.   Big Lesson = A Fool and his money are soon parted.  Donald is a fool and you are a bigger fool if you give him your money.

evan.rosenberg
evan.rosenberg

Wow, I can't believe a guy like Trump would try to bilk hopeful real estate investors out of such large amounts of money for his "university" courses, he's just asking to be sued.

RichardAldrich
RichardAldrich

Is anyone really surprised....Come on i wouldn't wipe my butt with his toupee.  he's irrelevant and assinine.

amansopinion
amansopinion

@TIME I thought "frivolous litigation" was frown upon (Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure).

amansopinion
amansopinion

@TIME In Trump fashion, he is now attacking Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for “gross incompetence". He's into name calling.

vstillwell
vstillwell

Aren't Republicans the ones who are always screaming about tort reform?

Mikeae35
Mikeae35

@TIME What's really amazing is that when you consider what comes out of his mouth,... that he actually puts food in it. Mike Clarke

418829
418829

I read most links but won't read this “@TIME: A taste of his own medicine? 5 of the Trump's most litigious moments | ti.me/17hvvYi

PoppaCharlie
PoppaCharlie

Made the mistake of staying in a Trump property once.  Won't make THAT mistake again.  Lesson learned.  

Also failed to take advantage of his incredibly fabulous institution of higher learning.  No lesson learned there.  Having stayed in one of his properties, I knew better.

MannyGuillen
MannyGuillen

Trump's real motive behind owning the Miss USA brand is to have potential Mrs. Trumps on deck.

Furthermore, his motive behind his litigious nature is to somehow remain relevant.

He is no better than Jerry Springer, Howard Stern, Larry Flynt, Rush Limbaugh, people that steal candy from babies...

I can't wait until he finally decides to hang up his hair hat and call it a day.

Hey Trump, YOU'RE TIRED!

I'll bet you $10,000 on it.

randersontt2
randersontt2

A billionaire with a trailer trash mentality.

jenscho
jenscho

Donald Trump is the scum of the the earth. Check how many little contractors he did't pay while building his casinos in Atlantic City. No one will deal with the rug man.

CKCalmer
CKCalmer

I'd like to see Donald Trump prove he has an I.Q. above 80.

What he does prove yet again, though, is that even amazingly stupid people can get rich in America.

swagger
swagger

i bet the donald is drowning in debt and actually has negative net worth.  he does have some income from that tv show he is on.

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