From Summer Zervos to Mary Trump: 9 major legal battles Trump will have to face once he leaves office

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Before and during his presidency, Donald Trump has been sued dozens of times. The lawsuits have alleged everything from business deals gone wrong to sexual assault.

Some cases have been resolved or dismissed. But a number of them remain active, suspended or slowed until he leaves office. He he will have to face the onslaught of lawsuits if he loses reelection and becomes a private citizen once again.

As Business Insider’s Dave Levinthal previously reported, Trump will likely face a litany of federal investigations if he loses to former Vice President Joe Biden next month. He may also be indicted for his role in covering up hush-money payments to Karen McDougal — a plot that sent his former lawyer Michael Cohen to prison.

Norm Eisen, a senior fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, told Business Insider there were several reasons Trump has been successful in avoiding court appearances.

“Part of it is the power of the presidency,” he said. “Part of it is the slowness of the system. He is the target of a number of litigation matters and investigations, but he’s been able to take advantage, for example in the Vance [tax record] case, of the extreme slowness of the system.”

Some legal actions taken against Trump and his web of organizations have been successful. He, along with his children, agreed to dissolve the Donald J. Trump Foundation after a New York state investigation found they repeatedly lied about charity work.

Some have been settled in arbitration, like the 2018 lawsuit from Noel Cintron, Trump’s longtime driver, who alleged he was owed $200,000 in unpaid overtime. Other plaintiffs, like Alva Johnson, who alleged Trump kissed her without consent at a 2016 Florida rally, have dropped their lawsuits. “I’m fighting against a person with unlimited resources,” she told the Daily Beast after dropping the case in 2019.

“There’s going to be an accumulating number of these legal actions that are going to squeeze him more and more,” Eisen said. “It will be more intense if he’s not in the office and does not have the excuses of the presidency to block things. But in any event, he’s facing accountability.” 

Here are nine of the ongoing lawsuits Trump still has to deal with.

SEE ALSO: Legal insiders brace for a world where Trump loses in November and the ex-president faces down a slew of reinvigorated court fights

Trump faces a defamation lawsuit from “The Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos.

Summer Zervos, a contestant during the 2005 season of Trump’s reality show “The Apprentice” sued President Trump in 2017, claiming that the president defamed her when denying her allegations that he sexually assaulted her in 2007.

In 2019, Zervos claimed she had evidence, including calendar entries and emails, to back up her claims.

Trump was at one point given a deadline to provide a deposition before the end of January 2020, but the case has since been paused.

The Washington, DC, attorney general sued Trump Organization, claiming it was knowingly overcharged for services at the …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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