Judge Rules Jared Kushner’s Apartment Company Repeatedly Broke Consumer Laws With’Widespread and Numerous’ Violations

A Maryland judge ruled that an apartment firm co-owned by former President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner violated consumer protection laws by charging improper fees for tenants, participating in debt collection minus the necessary licenses, and misstating the status of its own flats, The Baltimore Sun reported Thursday evening.
Administrative Law Judge Emily Daneker issued a 252-page conclusion substituting violations by the company JK2 and its successor Westminster Management as”widespread and many.”
Jared and his brother Joshua Kushner every own a 50-percent bet in JK2, each legal filings obtained by sunlight.
The case stems from a suit filed in 2019 by Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh. Frosh opened an investigation into the business and its partners later renters filed a lawsuit alleging they were being charged improper charges and ProPublica and The Baltimore Sun reported rental practices that experts said were unlawful.
Even though the Kushners had contended that the lawsuit brought by Frosh, a Democrat, was motivated by political animus, Judge Daneker said there was no proof to corroborate that claim.
“The evidence doesn’t establish differential therapy or selective enforcement according to any sexually motivated basis, as opposed to motivation to protect Maryland consumers,” she composed, according to the report.
In actuality, The Sun noted that Daneker”found Westminster charged illegal charges tens of thousands of occasions” by forcing applications to pay as much as twice the legal limit to process their applications and charging for non-existent fees.
“Maryland law only allows taxpayers to charge around 25 to process an application. However, the properties in the event charged between $35 to $50 to 15,289 consumers, according to Daneker’s decision,” the report stated. “Westminster and JK2 additionally billed tenants $12’representative fees’ related to court filings, for costs the firms had not actually incurred. The firms did this more than 28,000 times, with the erroneously charged broker fees in more than $332,000.”
The firms also billed tenants at two Baltimore flat complexes 80 to get”flat-rate prices” that were presumed to be set towards court costs”although the amount incurred was just $50.”
“This occurred a total of 2,642 times over the course of more than two decades,” Daneker composed. “These circumstances do not support a finding that it was the consequence of isolated or accidental mistakes.”
However, Judge Daneker did not conclude that all of the allegations against the firms had merit, finding that Frosh”did not prove that the firms violated the law by misrepresenting their ability to offer care services” and had did not participate in a few of unlawful behavior throughout the entire period originally alleged.
The Kushner Cos. general counsel, Christopher W. Smith, told The Sun that the ruling actually augmented its assertion that Frosh’s allegations were baseless.
“Kushner respects the thoughtful thickness of the Judge’s decision, that vindicates Westminster with regard to a number of the Attorney General’s overreaching allegations,” Smith said in a statement.
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