US presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has been involved in some 3,500 lawsuits over the past 30 years, a new analysis shows, meaning that if elected he will become America’s most litigious president.
According to a USA Today report published on Wednesday, Trump or his companies are the plaintiff in 1,900 of the legal actions, while being the defendant in 1,450 cases. The remaining 150 cases are related to bankruptcy or other issues.
Casino patrons, personal defamation suits, multi-million dollar real estate lawsuits, golf course disputes and business ventures were some of the issues that Trump and his claimants had sought legal help for.
Trump has made a reputation for his legal battles and has even threatened his White House rivals with litigation throughout the campaign.
Although he has yet to file a formal complaint against any of his rivals, the report found that at least 70 new cases involving the candidate have been filed since he launched his bid last year.
Of those, 50 civil lawsuits are still in process as Trump moves toward officially clinching the nomination at the Republican National Convention in late July.
In February, the New York businessman hit eight neighbors of his Doral golf club in Miami whit five lawsuits for $15,000 in damages, accusing them of "vandalizing" or "destroying" expensive plants his groundskeepers installed between their homes and the course.
Trump is also accused of using his moniker to inflate the value of his licensing deals.
Experts hired by a South Florida developer have testified that the value of their condominium development project was boosted by at least $200 per square foot after Trump’s name was attached to it.
He has also been aggressive in suing unrelated companies that were using his name without permission, winning rulings over attempts to market Trump’s Best Coffee, a series of websites with names like trumpabudhabi.com and trumpbeijing.com, and a marketing agency calling itself Trump Your Competition.
This week former students of Trump University accused the now-defunct university of fraud, saying they were misled and left saddled with debt.
The case drew criticism from likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton who slammed the university as a “fraudulent scheme."
Clinton has also had her own share of lawsuits, being named in more than 900 lawsuits, during her time as first lady, US senator from New York and secretary of State.