A Florida appeals court has ordered one of President Donald Trump’s luxury golf resorts in Florida to pay a local mom-and-pop paint supply company that wasn’t paid in full for paint used to renovate the property’s 10 lodges in 2014, reports Bloomberg.
In a ruling issued Wednesday by Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal in Miami, Trump National Doral Miami has been ordered to pay the supplier more than $32,000 plus attorney’s fees of about $390,000. That’s more than triple the original paint bill of $142,530.
“The case should never have reached this stage,” Daniel Vega, attorney for The Paint Spot, said in an interview. Trump “refused to ever consider any type of reasonable settlement,” he said.
During the litigation, Vega says that the Trump team claimed it “had already paid too much for the paint.” Trump also fought the suit by claiming The Paint Spot didn’t file a proper construction lien against Trump National Doral Miami in order to secure payment.
“There was still a lot of work that needed to be completed so we used the money, M&P’s remaining balance, plus additional funds to pay to get the work done,” Jamie Gram, the project manager, said at trial.