Trump Univer­sity set­tle­ment filed for judge’s re­view

The Washington Times Daily - - AMERICAN SCENE -

SAN DIEGO | Lawyers for Don­ald Trump and for­mer stu­dents of his now-de­funct Trump Univer­sity filed an agree­ment in court to set­tle law­suits al­leg­ing that the pres­i­dent-elect de­frauded them, sig­nal­ing that a deal an­nounced last month re­mains on track for a judge’s ap­proval next year.

Mr. Trump agreed last month to pay $25 mil­lion to set­tle two class-ac­tion law­suits in San Diego and one by New York At­tor­ney Gen­eral Eric Sch­nei­der­man. Un­der the terms, the pres­i­den­t­elect ad­mits no wrong­do­ing.

The fil­ing late Mon­day puts a for­mal agree­ment in front of U.S. Dis­trict Judge Gon­zalo Curiel to de­ter­mine if it is “fair, rea­son­able and ad­e­quate” un­der fed­eral law. When an­nounc­ing the terms in his court­room on Nov. 18, Judge Curiel called it “the be­gin­ning of a heal­ing process that this coun­try sorely needs.”

Judge Curiel’s pre­lim­i­nary ap­proval would trig­ger ad­di­tional pro­ce­dural steps — such as for­mally no­ti­fy­ing class mem­bers and giv­ing them an op­por­tu­nity to ob­ject — and set the stage for fi­nal ap­proval next year.

About 7,000 stu­dents who paid up to $35,000 a year are ex­pected to be el­i­gi­ble for re­funds of at least half of what they paid to at­tend sem­i­nars that promised to share Mr. Trump’s real es­tate se­crets. Plain­tiff at­tor­neys agreed to waive their fees.

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