Unpaid Vendors

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  • A survey of 3,500 lawsuits involving Donald Trump and his businesses found 60 cases in which he was accused of failing to pay invoice and bills submitted by contractors who had provided goods or sevices. “A series of USA TODAY Network investigative articles published in June found that Trump has been involved in at least 3,500 lawsuits over the past three decades. […] The USA TODAY Network report found at least 60 lawsuits, along with hundreds of liens, judgments and government filings, that involved very small businesses and contract employees who said they were not paid and had little ability to fight back against a Trump litigation machine. These included a glass company, a carpet company, a plumber, multiple painters, real estate brokers, 48 waiters, dozens of bartenders and -- ironically -- several law firms that had represented him in these suits. […] The sheer scope of lawsuits is too great to plausibly argue that all these cases were brought by disgruntled workers or contractors who had done shoddy work. The more likely explanation, which happens to dovetail perfectly with Trump's six corporate bankruptcies, is that not paying certain bills has long been a part of his business model.” (USA Today, October 25, 2016)