Hillary's Other $225,000 Speech - Paid By Law Firm Suing Trump University

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Authored by Rachel Stockman via LawNewz.com,

Donald Trump has undoubtedly made the class action lawsuit against Trump University a campaign issue. For the last several days, he has been on a tear against federal Judge Gonzolo Curiel who is overseeing one of the class action lawsuits against Trump University. In the lawsuit, former students claim that the University and Trump violated federal law by luring them to sign up with false promises and then defrauded them once they handed over their checks.

LawNewz.com discovered that when it comes to politics, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, the law firm behind the class action lawsuit, is not exactly neutral either. Our analysis, using data first compiled by The Washington Post, found that Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd paid the Clintons a total of $675,000 in fees for speeches since 2009. Hillary Clinton gave a $225,000 speech at the law firm as recently as September 4, 2014.  Bill Clinton also gave a speech for the same fee back in 2013, and another one in 2009 before the firm had been renamed (they used to be called Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins LLP). In fact, of the five law firms that paid for the Clintons to speak over the last few years, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd paid out the most money.

Court records indicate 9 attorneys from Robbins Geller are listed as representing Art Cohen and the other former Trump University students in the class action lawsuit (there are three attorneys from another law firm as well). A review of the case’s docket reveals that the Robbins Geller attorneys have aggressively pursued the lawsuit, pushed for Trump to testify and for the trial to begin before the November 2016 election. However, it is also worth noting that the lawsuit was filed in 2013, well before Trump declared he was running for President.

“These are real people who spent a significant amount of money. This has impacted their lives. That does not turn on the election or the election outcome,” Robbins Geller lawyer Jason Forge said about the case. A judge ultimately decided that the trial should begin sometime after the election.

In addition, in the midst of the litigation, one of the Robbins Geller attorneys, Patrick Coughlin, who is also ‘of counsel’ at the law firm, maxed out his donations to Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Records maintained by the Federal Election Commission indicate that Coughlin has been a longtime financial supporter of both the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton. In February, he donated $5,400 to her campaign.

No rule prevents a lawyer from donating to a candidate or paying a prospective candidate for speeches and also representing a client against her opponent. The story is interesting because everything about Trump appears now to be interesting, but there is no problem under the lawyer ethics rules,” NYU law professor Stephen Gillers told LawNewz.com. Gillers is an expert on legal ethics.

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd is a high profile law firm, based out of San Diego, with considerable resources.  The lawsuit against Trump was filed in the Southern District of California (San Diego) back in 2013. The firm is frequently involved in multi-million dollar complex litigation. In 2008,  they obtained a $7.2 billion settlement for Enron shareholders as part of a massive federal class action lawsuit.

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Hitlery_4_Dictator's picture

"Mr. Biden would be cast as the white knight rescuing the party, and the nation, from a possible Trump presidency. To win over Sanders supporters, he would likely choose as his running mate someone like Sen.  Elizabeth Warren who is respected by the party’s left wing."


Trump is finished - people are retarded and Obama still has a 52% approval rating so a win from a Biden / Warren ticket is a forgone conclussion. Down arrow away. 



santafe's picture

Trump has no chance against Hillary. He can squirm, he can jump, he can accuse.


cheech_wizard's picture

Yawn, back to Huffpo or whatever other liberal rock you crawled out from under.

Standard Disclaimer: There are days I wish I could just cattle prod the trolls.


iwillikers's picture

I pray for Clinton to be Trump's opponent.

UndergroundPost's picture

Hillary will be crushed, if she ends up actually being the Jackass Party's nomineeta. Trump in landslide.

Skiprrrdog's picture

All these new trolls... how adorable...

Looney's picture

Just like with Goldman, there was no speech.
There was the payment of $225,000, though.
That’s why there are no transcripts.
P.S. The author of the article, Rachel Stockman, is David Stockman’s daughter.

Socratic Dog's picture

Yeah, I've been wondering, were there ever ANY speeches? Or just payments?

Has anyone actually come forward and said "I wuz there, I heard it?

If true, it must be the greatest case of corruption ever. Right here in the good ol' USA. Go USA!

jbvtme's picture

didn't pocahontas warren teach at trump university...or do i have my stories mixed up?

Skiprrrdog's picture

No... but she has been spotted ear deep in Hillarys pussy...

UndergroundPost's picture

Criminal Hillary's days are numbered. The takeover of the Jackass Party by the Revolutionary Left (Obama & Co.) was a long & hard fought battle Comrade Barack and his ring of ragtag radicals will not give up easily. Trump U lawsuit is only a bbgun shot in a 3 way war: Trump v. Clinton, Obama v. Clinton, Trump v Obama.

UndergroundPost's picture

Trump will run the table - landslide over Criminal Hillary.

Hitlery_4_Dictator's picture

Do you guys even read? Hillary will not be the nominee. Welcome your new president - Biden.  I'm not happy about it, trust me - but the american people are retarded and brain dead so this will happen.

Tod E. Tosspot's picture

I'm amazed people think the elites can just parachute Slo-Joe in at the last minute, just as the Pubs dreamed of doing with Ryan or Kasich or Romney. Philly would be set ablaze by hairy, smelly Sandernistas...and that's just the chicks. Trump will humiliate Shrillary, or (if she's too damaged by the FBI recommendation) soundly thrash Bernie the Bolshevik. I have tons of disagreements with Trump, but it's pretty obvious he's started a powerful movement.

Mind the GAAP's picture

If Hillary is truly not going to be the nominee, then the DNC had better put Bernie out there.  


There's such a groundswell of support for both Trump and Sanders, that if either party pulls a fast one and inserts their preferred candidate, the voters will throw a hissy fit.  In the dems' case, if neither the Socialist nor the Pantsuit get the nomination, all of the currrently-motivated hippies will defect by having a massive wake'n'bake session on election day, stay home, eat Doritos, and binge-watch the Price Is Right.

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mountain99889 (not verified) Hitlery_4_Dictator Jun 1, 2016 9:51 AM

We are less retarded than we were 10 years ago. So there.

Hitlery_4_Dictator's picture

LOL no and the 52% Obama approval rating proves me correct. 

smithcreek's picture

So someone didn't learn anything at school and this is news?  Just wait until all those Gender Study students with worthless degrees decide to go after the "respectable" universities.

cayman's picture

Everywhere you look, giant kickbacks to the Clintons in exchange for things they will not show you, but you are supposed to be a good little retard and vote for them anyway.  This could only make sense to socialist.

CuttingEdge's picture

Lawyers have ethics? That's a new one on me.

Four chan's picture

who am i replying to? i dont know either.

Consuelo's picture



Upvote for the simple reason that your scenario foreshadows at least the possibility, if not rapidly blossoming into a forgone reality.

Fisherman Blue's picture

Protecting investment pay off to dirty Hillary.

scm's picture

As long as the fools keep thinking there's no difference between Hillary with a pussy and Hillary with a prick, all is great.

ebworthen's picture

Cankles strikes again!


American Crime Family numero uno - the Clintons!


Let's hope Vince Foster and Ron Brown are rattling their chains when she tries to sleep.

TradingIsLifeBrah's picture
TradingIsLifeBrah (not verified) Jun 1, 2016 8:07 AM


garlansm's picture

I wish I could pay her $225,000 just to shut the fuck up!

AbbeBrel's picture

I am about 1/2 way through Grisham's "The King of Torts", and this story somehow rhymes with the plot threads in the book so far... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_King_of_Torts

BeaverCream's picture


Install this if you're using google chrome...it might open your eyes a bit.

NoPension's picture

How many people paid for a degree from a prestigious university, but don't have a good job or are not successful in life? 

 Can they now sue?

xavi1951's picture


The new ZH format looks and works great.

The new ZH format sucks.

dark fiber's picture

The feeling of autism is very strong in this new layout.  Whoever put this together must be some sort of gender studies graduate who got a  job as webdesigner.

JailBanksters's picture

Anything had to be better than the old format, even a kid with crayon could have done better.

But, it's better, just not great.


dark fiber's picture

The old format was functional and fit more text in the same screen space than this drivel. 

Also, the comments are not nested properly anymore. It looks like something put together for preschool children.  A dead gender studies major giveaway.

Get the idiot who came up with this unusable crap out of here.  NOW.

Yogieu's picture

There are some positives. But new forum layout is rubbish on Desktop. Hard to follow threads. Mobile's forum view is better, and I wonder why it doesn't behave the same way on Desktop.

Mobile version has 3 inline advertisements on the main page. It is way too much.

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TradingIsLifeBrah (not verified) xavi1951 Jun 1, 2016 8:47 AM

The bottom of the pages need numbers again so you can easily look back a few pages if you are trying to find an old article.  Normally "Search" would help with this but ZH's search engine was/is one of the worst I've seen.  It can never find relevant articles to your search, maybe the new site fixed that (I haven't tried it yet).  I usually just use Google to find old articles from the site.  But if I'm looking for an article from yesterday I may need to jump back 5 or 6 pages because of how many articles are posted to the site so having only a "Next" page option is really inefficient and I don't think that it helps any with driving people to view more content, it'll only stop them from viewing articles that came out a few hours ago (and are now located on page 3 or 4 of the site).

Ballin D's picture

It works for mobile. I can't use zh on my work computer so that's a big plus. I did finally get an adblocker that works on 4g though, which helped a lot. It was un usable on mobile with ads before.

All in all, calling it a wash

Byte Me's picture

Sacrilege does good work @ ZH by constantly pumping away on the back end. Kudos for a dirty, thankless, unappreciated job... but whether or not this "works" in the mobile sphere is not relevant to ME.

Judging by the interest / commenting that articles are receiving there might well be a LOT of silent protest abt the changes that are (as Sac noted - a work in progress) Personally, I feel that I've had a minor stroke, lost the use of one arm and an eye, and things just don't GEL anymore.

Not seeing the view count is a bit telling.

It would be too much for the Tylers to show humility and attempt a volte face since - after all - this is Fight Club.

..But I get the disturbing feeling that something just died today..

...3 ...2 ....1


dark fiber's picture

This is not about politicians giving speeches, this is bribery and money laundering plain and simple.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

+1. Bingo! It's "Legalized Bribery & Money Laundering".

It's a Feature of the new Just US system.


JailBanksters's picture

Is this same Robbins Geller....

Securities class-action specialists Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd have been ordered to pay sanctions to Boeing BA -2.38% over a lawsuit the San Diego firm

filed and vigorously pursued even though the crucial witness behind it was a fake.


And from Gellers Website

Robbins Geller attorneys have extensive experience helping clients battle corporate fraud.



Winston Churchill's picture

Legal ethics,military intellifence,honest banking.Oxymoronic.

Kina's picture

I think it is becoming quite clear that Clinton cannot beat Trump.

The current polls have them about even, however come election time who has the enthusiasm to come out and vote? Trump supporters and unhappy Sanders supporters, many a clinton support will laze at home.


It is all about who is going to come out and vote - Clinton will lose easily against Trump.

Sanders will win over Trump, but if they replace Sanders with Biden then Trump still has a chance because Sanders voters wont be so enthused to vote, and pissed off Clinton supporters wont vote.


There is only ONE possible winner for the Democrats and that is Sanders. And the Dem status quo sure as hell don't want him.....So then a Trump POTUS getting closer.

There will be no Clinton POTUS.

And I hope she gets the Dem nomination just so I can see her and Huffingron Post self destruct in plain view as she gets roasted by Trump 


Max Cynical's picture

...and the judge was appointed by Obama.

QE4EVER's picture

It's funny how people believe they catually have a say in the elections. These things have been decided long ago and whether you like it or not, Hillary Clinton will be the next president. 

And yes, this menas more of the same, but that wouldn't have chnaged with your hero Trump either. he would have to play the game or be terminated. Check your history on this. There is no other way.

My questions is why isn't zerohedge attacking Trump? He is pretty much all the things zerohedge should hate. 


Omen IV's picture

you are blinded by form over substance

Kina's picture

Err ZH posters in general are not so much for Trump but against the demon spawn of the Oligarchs, Clinton.

Anybody, anything except the Clinton.


And you are wrong, the writing is on the wall for Clinton, or you would not  see so much of this bad stuff about her appearing in the MSM.  The Dems are now deciding her fate - the DONT want Trump, as for them that is worse than Clinton not getting the nomination.


There are now only two possible outcomes... a Trump or Sanders POTUS.

johnnycanuck's picture

OH LOOK!! Shiney thing over there!!!


Here's the beef;

"New York's attorney general, who has filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump's education venture, Trump University, slammed the presumptive Republican presidential nominee on Tuesday for his attack on a U.S. district judge's ethnicity.

Trump, a New York billionaire businessman, is fighting a trio of lawsuits that accuse his education program of misleading thousands of people who paid up to $35,000 US for seminars to learn about his real-estate investment strategies.

"This was a fraud from top to bottom. He's using every trick he can to delay the release of documents, to delay the trials, attacking the judge for his ethnicity, attacking me and accusing me of conspiring with the president of the United States," New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, told CNN.

"Days after Judge Gonzalo Curiel ordered some documents in one case involving the school to be unsealed, Trump called Curiel "hostile" and "a hater" and said he believed the judge was Mexican. Curiel is an American who was born in East Chicago, Ind., and graduated from the Indiana University School of Law.

Schneiderman, re-elected as attorney general in 2014, dismissed a question about Trump's allegation that Curiel's ruling was politically motivated, saying that in three individual cases against the university, "every judge has said these are valid fraud claims."

"He's taking it to New York's highest court for one more round of appeals, but no judge has dismissed this," Schneiderman said.

Asked about Trump's efforts to downplay the case, Schneiderman called it "hugely important" for the way it cast Trump as "someone who is absolutely shameless in his willingness to lie to people."

"Trump University offered a three-day seminar for $1,495, using it as a springboard to sell more expensive "Trump Elite" packages for up to $34,995 a year.

"You don't sell products, benefits or solutions — you sell feelings," according to the sales playbook."



Read the whole article for more details on the 'strategies' in Trump U's sales playbook.