In a lawsuit filed last week against the estate planning company that runs the Trump Plaza in New York, conservative activist group Heritage Action is demanding that the Trump Organization “immediately” cease its use of the estate planner.
The suit claims that the company, which also operates the Plaza, “is engaging in false advertising and false representations” to consumers about the benefits of the service.
The lawsuit also names the company as a defendant, citing “inherently deceptive and misleading statements” made by the company.
The complaint states that “a number of false claims were made” during a January 2016 teleconference between Trump and the estate company’s former president, David M. Rubenstein, who was in charge of the company at the time.
The former president claimed that the service was worth more than $300 million, but Heritage Action contends that the figure was closer to $50 million, and that it is “simply false.”
“It was only a matter of time before they would start to try to make the case that the president is a fraud,” Heritage Action President Peter Sprigg said in a statement.
“Instead, they have been silent.”
The lawsuit comes after a number of conservative media outlets and conservative activists accused the Trump organization of making a series of misleading claims regarding the Trump Towers and other properties that the developer has purchased in the past year.
In August, conservative media outlet Breitbart News reported that the New York City government had requested $15 million in taxpayer money to purchase Trump Tower’s historic building, the Plaza Hotel and Casino, after the developer failed to pay the $150,000 in annual property taxes.
The Trump Organization has disputed the report, saying that the city did not require that the tax payment be made.