Former President Donald Trump celebrates a significant legal victory as a federal judge rules against a class action lawsuit targeting him.
Back in 2006, Trump entered into an endorsement agreement with ACN Opportunity LLC. The purpose? To promote its marketing training services aimed at independent business owners.
This partnership continued until June 2015, right before Trump announced his presidential run.
Three individuals, later plaintiffs, argued that Trump's endorsement was the primary reason they bought ACN's products. Their experiences varied: two didn't earn any money, while the third made a mere $38 in two years.
These plaintiffs felt deceived, alleging they were unaware that Trump received millions for his endorsement of ACN.
Judge Lorna Schofield, based in New York City, provided her insights on the matter. She believed it would be challenging to pinpoint a specific group harmed by Trump's endorsement.
After all, people make decisions based on various factors, not just endorsements, The Western Journal reported.
She highlighted that most of ACN's promotional content showcased success stories from its business owners. These testimonials spoke of luxurious lifestyles, fancy cars, and grand homes.
Furthermore, Judge Schofield emphasized the individual nature of belief. It's hard to determine if every potential class member believed and acted upon Trump's statements.
Interestingly, the judge pointed out that some knew or assumed Trump was a paid spokesperson. As for Trump's statements about ACN, they could be viewed as typical advertising exaggerations rather than blatant falsehoods.
Following her decision against the class action, Judge Schofield gave the plaintiffs a task. They were to explain why their claims shouldn't be separated and moved to their respective district courts in California, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.
Trump didn't waste time sharing his thoughts. On Truth Social, he labeled the ruling a "Total and Complete Victory" against the "Far Left Lawyer, Roberta Kaplan."
It's worth noting that Kaplan represented E. Jean Carroll in a defamation suit against Trump. Carroll had accused Trump of assaulting her in the 1990s, a claim Trump vehemently denies.
During the closing arguments of that case, Trump's lawyer, Joe Tacopina, dismissed Carroll's story as a work of fiction. He believed the opposing legal team's strategy was to make the jury despise Trump.
Despite these legal challenges, Trump remains a significant figure in American politics and business.