On Monday, a federal judge ruled that a federal lawsuit against Donald Trump, his three oldest children, and his company of collaborating with a fraudulent marketing scheme can move forward. The scheme preyed on investors.
The lawsuit was first filed back in October of 2018 and was amended a few months later. It alleged that in exchange for “secret payments” Trump and his three adult children used his Opportunity, a telecommunications marketing Trump that can be linked to a nonprofit that used Trump’s brand to appeal to young teens.
The lawsuit accuses the Trump family of profiting from the poor and the vulnerable “to enrich themselves by systematically defrauding economically marginalized people looking to invest in their educations, start their own small business, and pursue the American dream.”
“Weighing the two ‘most critical’ factors — the likelihood of success on the merits and irreparable harm — against each other, any prejudice that Defendants and ACN may suffer from proceeding with the litigation during the pendency of the appeal does not outweigh the strong likelihood that Defendants and ACN will not succeed on appeal,” US District Court Judge Lorna Schofield wrote in her opinion.
The suit was brought by four anonymous plaintiffs. Court documents describe the plaintiffs as a “hospice caregiver, a self-employed man that was once homeless, and a food delivery driver.
Documents state that the Trumps “deliberately misled” consumers about their investments and engaged in “a pattern of racketeering activity.”
The nonprofit, Tesseract Research Center, is funding the suit. The nonprofit has ties to several Democratic candidates.