early June, the analysis had found at least 3,500 cases — a figure that has now surpassed 4,000 — and today we're releasing a new interactive tool that lets you explore more than three decades of court actions by and against Trump and his companies.

Trump uses the lawsuits to negotiate throughout his business relationships. He turns to litigation to distance himself from failing projects that relied on the Trump brand. And he uses the legal system to haggle over his property bills and contracts with vendors....

...The new interactive tool analyses outcomes, filing dates and categories of the legal actions. Generally, Trump’s suits fall into these categories: branding, politics, casinos, contract disputes, employment, his golf courses, government and taxes, media and defamation, personal injury and real estate.

Journalists continue to track new legal battles, since at least 70 new cases have been filed since Trump announced his candidacy a year ago — adding to ongoing prominent disputes like the class action suits over Trump University.