Federal Court OK’s Fraud Suit Against Trump Family

Courthouse News Service reports:

They may not be able to prove racketeering, but victims of a purported multilevel-marketing scheme can sue President Donald Trump for luring them in without disclosing that he was being paid millions to do so. Four anonymous Americans brought the suit at issue last year, seeking to hold the Trump Corp., the president himself and three of his children liable for their promotion of business-seminar programs offered by American Communications Network.

The class says ACN promised independent business owners they could earn commissions from selling products to customers at small “motivational rallies,” but investors made back less than 10% of their investments. Trump meanwhile claimed in 2015 he knew “nothing about the company,” even though he and his children appeared in promotional videos for ACN, booked the company’s executives on his “Celebrity Apprentice” show, and headlined conferences boosting the company.

The plaintiffs are represented by Roberta Kaplan, who is most famous here for winning Edith Windor’s DOMA case before the Supreme Court.