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Legal Battle Over Paint Bill Lingers as Trump Preps for Presidency

Trump stands to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars, and he could force a small businessman possibly into bankruptcy

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    In this Dec. 17, 2016, photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a thank you rally in Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.

    After his election, Donald Trump quickly settled a series of business disputes — but just days before his inauguration, the president-elect's company is still waging a legal battle against a Florida shop owner over an unpaid bill. 

    The matter could have been settled for what amounts to pocket change for a billionaire, NBC News reported, but the Trump Organization decided to take its chances in court. 

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    Now Trump stands to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars. And if he wins, it could force a small businessman — one of hundreds who say they were stiffed by Trump over the years — possibly into bankruptcy. 

    That businessman, Juan Carlos Enriquez, owner of The Paint Spot, won the first round of the legal skirmish last summer when a judge found a lien he slapped on the Trump National Doral golf resort was valid.