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Trumps Won’t Get Marketing-Fraud Claims Sent to Arbitration

From left to right: Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Donald Trump, and Ivanka Trump break ground at the Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C. in 2014.
From left to right: Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Donald Trump, and Ivanka Trump break ground at the Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C. in 2014.Photographer: Paul Morigi/WireImage

President Donald Trump and his children can’t force a group of entrepreneurs into arbitration to resolve claims that they were ripped off by the family’s endorsements of a troubled multilevel marketing company on “Celebrity Apprentice,” a federal judge ruled.

The plaintiffs are contractually bound to have disputes with the marketing company, ACN Opportunity LLC, resolved in arbitration but the Trumps aren’t parties to those agreements and ACN isn’t a defendant in the case, U.S. District Judge Lorna Schofield ruled Wednesday in Manhattan.