Donald Trump Being Sued by Former Members of His Jupiter Golf Club

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Three former members of Donald Trump's Trump National Golf Club are suing the Donald for not returning their refundable membership deposits. 

Trump bought the Jupiter resort last year, which was the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club & Spa, and promised to spend millions to renovate it. 

The three men say that they're owed membership deposits per the contract Trump inherited under the original contract he signed when he purchased the resort, but are instead still being charged fees.

Matthew Dwyer, Norman Hirsch and Ralph Willard are alleging that Trump breached his agreement when he failed to fork over their deposits, which range from $35,000 to $210,000.

The deposits are automatic refunds that should have been made to the men, the plaintiffs say.

Instead, Trump is still charging them dues while denying them access to club amenities, according to the men.

When asked for a comment on the suit, Trump answered in true Fuckface Von Clownstick fashion and talked up how awesome he is.

Trump told the Palm Beach Post that the allegations are "totally without merit," and that "a vast majority" of former Ritz members have decided to sign up for membership of the resort under his management, and that others are lining up to do so -- although none that has anything to do with the actual complaints by Dwyer, Hirsch, and Willard.

"The club is doing fantastic," he said. "We've brought it to the highest level it's ever been at."

Dodge the real issue by talking about yourself. Trump gonna Trump!

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frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

NO i did not read the complaint itself but i read the article and i am familiar with many many "equity" private clubs and they are ALL financially hand-to-mouth operations and NONE of them could survive an exodus of membership demanding their equity "deposits" be returned = period

i understand what being "entitled" to something means but if the club doesn't have the cash readily available the funds are not going to be disbursed

and i'm not saying theDONALD doesn't have to pay i am saying it might be a while before he does pay

theDONALD has stiffed large constituencies before and actually brags about filing bankruptcy to avoid paying his bondholders their contractually obligated returns of both interest and principal in those atlantic city casinos

so whats the difference to theDONALD between bondholders claims and equity deposit reimbursements requests ?

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

plenty of clubs are NOT refunding deposits UNTIL a new replacement member is signed up so that the refunded deposits are made with the new members deposit and the club isn't "out-of-pocket" tens of thousands of dollars for any lenght of time

these deposits are NOT readily liquid and available but invested in the facilities amenities such as physical structures and improvements with cannot be liquidated to pay refundable deposits

ritztrumpagreement
ritztrumpagreement

@frankd4 It's my understanding that these were dues-paying members who were in good standing through 2012 and were terminated by Trump 1/1, along with scores of others, because they wanted to adhere to the deal they made and he bought. Per the agreement, the termination triggers the refund. You can't use the club; you get a refund. It only makes sense. 

ritztrumpagreement
ritztrumpagreement

So I guess if you owe money but you don't want to pay it, you just have to say you invested it somewhere? Your comment does not apply to their claim, anymore than Trump's irrelevant touting of his troubled club in the article.

nrhirsch
nrhirsch

@frankd4 What you say is true however the lawsuit is not about that.  You need to read the complaint to understand that members who were suddenly denied use of the club "are entitled to a refund of the membership deposit paid within 30 days" per the agreement.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@ritztrumpagreement @frankd4


you might find it amusing that yesterday in the NYTs,  theDONALD had a full page add proclaiming "I'm giving away MONEY!" or some such nonsense about how to FUND raise as was announced a few days ago...........


  1. Donald Trump is getting into crowdfunding with a new website called ... keep the funds they raised even if they don't meet their target goal

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

isn't that what JON CORZINE did to MFGlobal account owners ?

he couldn't pay claims because he invested FIVE TIMES the book value of his company in european bonds, illiquid and at the time under-water

so he simply covered his margin calls with OPM (other peoples money)

on a cash basis theDONALD either has to go into his own pocket OR ELSE sign up new members to replace and supplant those with the claims

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

i would doubt such a term is the trigger to the claim but i don't know because i haven't read the actual complaint nor have i read the terms of membership HOWEVER this being south florida subject to hurricane it may be that membership IS denied sudden use of the club and i just cannot see that as a reason whereas everyones equity deposit becomes instantly refundable

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@ritztrumpagreement @frankd4 

some years ago now i was involved in a bankruptcy whereas theDONALD was personally limited to live on $500,000 a month as part of a settlement agreement with creditors..............something he obviously learned from and takes advantage of......................YES these members ARE entitled to their money back BUT try to get it is the problem................theDONALD will most likely attempt to stall until members accept some fraction of what they were supposed to get....................formally its called "stretching the payables"


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