A company owned by Republican Party presidential hopeful Donald Trump that operates his Trump National Doral Miami resort is being accused of trying to bully a tenant who’s been there since the days of the old Doral Resort and Spa.
One of Trump’s tactics, according to a lawsuit filed in a Miami-Dade County court two weeks ago, is to not repair the aging refrigeration system in the kitchen of the tenant, the Pritikin Longevity Center. The situation, according to the filing, causes an “imminent danger to the health or safety” of Pritikin employees and clients.
Pritikin is a health resort where folks spend several weeks to learn to eat healthy foods, exercise and relax.
The lawsuit comes in the wake of a previous legal action, now closed, in which a circuit court judge ordered Trump’s company to change the way it deals with Pritikin.
In that lawsuit, Pritikin claimed Trump raised the rates of the hotel rooms Pritikin is contracted to rent by 500 percent. The judge then ordered Trump to lower the rates.
The relationship between Trump’s Trump Endeavor 12 and Pritikin appeared to sour soon after the billionaire bought the property in bankruptcy in June 2012.
Pritikin, which occupies 40,000 square feet of space inside Trump National, claims in court papers that Trump’s been trying to run Pritikin off the property, despite a 20-year lease signed with the previous owners in 2009.
Trump’s lawyer claim Pritikin isn’t operating at a level high enough for a "world-class" Trump-owned resort. They have yet to respond to the new complaint, according to the case file.
Time for depositions
The top cast members and the creator of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills are scheduled to be deposed in a Miami lawsuit Aug. 25-28.
Castmembers Kyle Richards, Lisa Vanderpump, Brandi Glanville, Mohamed Hadid and Yolanda Foster, as well as show creator Alex Baskin, all have a date with Miami legal eagle Raymond Rafool to talk about allegedly slandering The Real Housewives of Miami’s Joanna Krupa.
Topic of conversation of the videotaped court depositions: Do Krupa’s nether regions really stink? Krupa filed a slander action here after Glanville claimed on RHOBH that Krupa slept with the then-married Los Angeles playboy Hadid — and that she didn’t smell good.
Off to prison
Former Wilton Manors stripper Rob Lopicola, who discovered his dancing abilities after being fired from doing the weather at WPTV-Channel 5 in West Palm, was sentenced Thursday to 21 months in a federal prison.
Hurricane specialist Lopicola pleaded guilty to fraud in a scam where he called timeshare owners looking for buyers. For $2,000 from the sellers, Lopicola and others were to find buyers, which they never did. Lopicola will start serving his federal time in October 2016, after he is released from state custory. He’s serving 54 months after being found guilty of having sex with minors.
Miami criminal defense attorney Mark Eiglarsh, who’s often seen alongside other legal talking heads on CNN and Fox News, has been hired to defend Dalia Dippolito.
The Boynton Beach woman made national news in 2010 when she was charged with trying to hire a hitman to kill her then-husband. The fake hitman was a real cop.
Dippolito’s first trial in 2011 ended in conviction, but she won a new trial when an appeals court decided jury selection was flawed.