Aug 23rd, 2016
Donald Trump’s Doral fined $300,000
For unpaid paint bill
Words: John Dean Photography: Getty Images
A local paint store near Trump National Doral has been suing the course for unpaid bills. And a circuit court judge has ordered his company to pay $300,000 in lawyer’s fees.
According to the lawsuit, Trump allegedly tried to renege on its last payment of $34,863 on a $200,000 contract for paint used in the renovation of the home of golf’s famed Blue Monster two years ago.
Trump National’s insistence that it had “paid enough” for the paint despite a contract being in place. The Paint Spot, the litigant, then slapped on an order for the foreclosure sale of the resort.
Trump’s company got the judge to cancel the June 28 courthouse auction after it placed $34,000 in escrow, and the case was put on hold while Trump Trump Endeavor, one of Trump's holding companies, considered an appeal.
Judge Cueto was asked to rule on the fees for The Paint Spot’s three $500-an-hour attorneys and two $150-an-hour paralegals.
Trump’s company objected to the hourly rates because it paid its lawyers $400 an hour, according to court records.
But this week, Judge Cueto ruled that the fees were reasonable. He ruled Trump should pay for nearly 500 hours of legal work, since the store’s legal team had to prepare for a trial that never took place.
Then, Cueto added on a 75 percent “risk” fee, partly because the store’s lawyers took the risk that they would never be paid if they lost.
The grand total came to $282,949 and 91 cents.
“I’m happy I have a judgment,” said Juan Carlos Enriquez, owner of The Paint Spot. “But he [Trump] hasn’t paid yet.
“You know how he says he’ll surround himself with the greatest people if he is president? In this case, he might not be surrounded by the right people.”