Former President Donald Trump and three of his adult children will spend seven hours apiece facing deposition for a federal lawsuit accusing them of promoting a pyramid scheme, a new court filing indicates.
“Plaintiffs provided to Defendants the following list of witnesses that Plaintiffs intend to depose, with time estimates within the Court’s guidance with respect to a 105-hour limit,” the 3-page letter to the court says.
According to the document filed on Friday, the former president, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump all face seven hours of questioning, for a total of 28 hours. Trump’s executive assistant Rhona Graff will also face seven hours of questioning; former White House senior adviser Hope Hicks will face three.
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Initially filed anonymously in 2018, the lawsuit alleges that the Trump Corporation promoted a multi-level marketing scheme—better known as a pyramid scheme—through the company ACN Opportunity, LLC, which operates under the name American Communications Network. The four named plaintiffs, suing under a proposed class action, agreed to waive their anonymity last year in filing a second amended lawsuit.
According to the lawsuit, ACN was a “get-rich-quick scheme” that burnished Trump and his family’s names for the purposes of “conn[ing] each of these victims into giving up hundreds or thousands of dollars” in alleged violation of various state laws. ACN had investors sign an arbitration agreement, but the Trumps did not.
The U.S. Court of Appeals Second Circuit denied the Trump family’s request to force the plaintiffs into arbitration, which likely would have resolved the matter secretly.
Instead, the case proceeded publicly in the Southern District of…