Mother Jones is running a series of articles called “The Trump Files,” which they describe as “a daily dose of telling episodes, strange-but-true stories, or curious scenes from the life of GOP nominee Donald Trump.” What they’ve learned so far is mind-blowing.
For instance, today’s dose is from a lawsuit that was filed by Donald Trump in 1984. When a South African company called “The Trump Group” bought into a chain of drugstores, Donald Trump received a letter welcoming him to the larger chain of drugstore owners, although he hadn’t bought into the chain.
Trump sued “The Trump Group” for using his name to gain recognition for their businesses.
‘The defendants are South Africans whose recent entrance in the New York area utilizing the name “The Trump Group” can only be viewed as a poorly veiled attempt at trading on the goodwill, reputation and financial credibility of the plaintiff.’
The problem, however, is that The Trump Group was owned by two South African businessmen named Eddie and Jules Trump. They weren’t using Donald Trump’s name, they were using their own.
The judge threw the lawsuit out of court.
The two brothers did not have to use the argument, therefore, that they actually had the name first. Jules Trump is three years older than Donald Trump, and Eddie is two months older. Apparently, Donald Trump never knew that other people may have the same last name as him.
The Trump Group went on to become, like Donald Trump, very successful real estate developers. Eddie Trump was even placed 35th on a list of “The 50 Most Influential Networking Tycoons.” Bill Clinton was second on the list, after Bill Gates, because of the success of the Clinton Foundation. Donald Trump was nowhere to be found.
Donald Trump was unsuccessful in his lawsuit, but he did eventually succeed at forcing Eddie and Jules Trump to give up the benefit of having a trademark using their own name. After losing the suit, Trump petitioned the federal Patent and Trademark Office, demanding that Eddie and Jules Trump’s trademark for the name “The Trump Group” be revoked.
Despite all of this, Eddie and Jules Trump say they hold no ill will toward the man who sued them and forced them to give up their trademark. They did, however, donate $25,000 to Marco Rubio’s super PAC.
Read more of “The Trump Files” on Mother Jones, which includes stories like Trump insisting that the discovery of the link between asbestos and cancer was nothing more than a mafia conspiracy and the time Trump assaulted a water cooler, at the links provided.
Another story from “The Trump Files” can be seen in the video below: