An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And she lost.
Jurors sided with the real estate mogul-turned-TV showman in a weeklong civil trial focused on Jacqueline Goldberg's claim that Trump cheated her in a bait-and-switch scheme connected to condos in a Chicago skyscraper he built.
The federal jury in Chicago returned Thursday with a finding in Trump's favor after deliberating for more than five hours over two days. Goldberg had sought damages totaling around $6 million.
As the judge read the decision, Goldberg showed little emotion, though her attorney, Shelly Kulwin, slumped over and buried his head on a courtroom table.
Outside court, Goldberg, clutching an Agatha Christie detective novel in one hand, told reporters she has no regrets about suing Trump.
"I think I have exposed him for what he is. I had to try," she said, adding that she hoped the litigation would dissuade others from doing business with Trump.
Several hours later in a phone interview with The Associated Press, Trump heralded the verdict as "a complete and total victory."
Asked about Goldberg's comments, he bristled.
"She's not glad she took me on—because she lost," he said. And he called her comment about hoping to drive business away from him "disgraceful."
The case pitted the suburban Evanston woman against a New Yorker who revels in his image as a big talker with big ideas. Many know him best for his catchphrase "You're fired!" from his "Apprentice" TV show.
In a sarcasm-filled closing, Kulwin described Trump as villainous and greedy.
"The thought of my grandma being in the same room with that guy. Yuck!" he boomed.