Trump scores legal win in class action lawsuit

 October 20, 2023

Former President Donald Trump is battling against four criminal indictments along with a civil fraud case brought by the state of New York.

However, the former president landed a legal victory this week after a federal judge refused to certify a class action lawsuit targeting him. 

Trump endorsed multi-level marketing company

According to The Epoch Times, the suit concerns American Communications Network (ACN) and two other multi-level marketing companies that sold telecommunications products.

Business Insider reported in 2020 that Trump was paid $8.8 million for his endorsement of ACN between 2005 and 2015.

"I work with a lot of companies and I can say with 100% confidence that you've made the right decision choosing ACN," Trump was quoted as saying in a video provided to ACN multi-level marketing recruits.

"ACN has a reputation for success," Trump declared in another video released by the company. "Success that is really synonymous with the Trump name, and you can be a part of it."

Judge points to lack of evidence that plaintiffs acted on Trump's words

One plaintiff complained of having paid $4,600 to ACN for registration fees, trainings, and conventions and yet only made $38.

For its part, The Trump Corporation filed a motion to dismiss the case, arguing that it "seeks relief for a single class of putative victims – those who paid money to a business Mr. Trump does not own, has never owned, and over whose operations he has never exercised control."

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Lorna G. Schofield determined that the suit's class members have failed to show required common elements.

"Here there is no common evidence showing that putative class members decided to enroll because of Trump’s alleged misstatements," Schofield was quoted as saying.

The Court House News Service reported in May that although Ivanka Trump, Don Trump Jr., and Eric Trump were also named as defendants, all three were subsequently dropped from the course.

Trump threatened with jail for violating gag order

Meanwhile, Trump's New York civil fraud trial saw a tense moment on Friday when Judge Arthur Engoron lashed out at the former president.

According to NBC News, Engoron threatened Trump with jail time after it emerged that his campaign website failed to remove a statement attacking court staff despite a gag order the judge had imposed.

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