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Donald Trump Nears Settlement In Trump University Lawsuit

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Donald Trump Nears Settlement In Trump University Lawsuit

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Trump close to settling Trump University lawsuit

NEW YORK (Reuters) – President-elect Donald Trump is nearing a settlement of about $20 million in fraud lawsuits relating to Trump University, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.

Lawyers for the president-elect have been squaring off against students who claim they were they were lured by false promises into paying up to $35,000 to learn Trump’s real estate investing “secrets” from his “hand-picked” instructors.

There are three lawsuits relating to Trump University: two class actions in California and a case brought by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. All would be covered in the possible settlement, the person said.

A trial in one of the cases is scheduled to begin on Nov. 28 in U.S. District Court in San Diego.

“As Attorney General Schneiderman has long said, he has always been open to a settlement that fairly compensates the many victims of Trump University who have been waiting years for a resolution,” Eric Soufer, a spokesman for Schneiderman, said in a statement.

Neither Trump’s lawyers nor lawyers representing the students immediately responded to calls for comment.

Trump has said he did not “hand pick” Trump University instructors, but that marketing language used was not to be taken literally. He has said most students gave the classes high ratings.

A court hearing in the case set for trial is scheduled in San Diego for Friday afternoon. Trump’s lawyers were expected to argue to delay the trial.

U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over the two California cases, has urged both sides to settle.

Trump triggered controversy earlier this year, when he said during his election campaign that Curiel, who was born in Indiana to Mexican immigrant parents, could not be impartial because of Trump’s pledge to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

(Additional reporting by Dan Levine; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

IMAGE: Trump University DVDs are displayed at The Trump Museum near the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., July 19, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

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8 Comments

  1. Charlotte Sines November 18, 2016

    But Trump says he never settles lawsuits. Oh, wait. Just another lie.

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    1. Box November 18, 2016

      so its settled (the amount is $25 million) and still you are complaining?

      1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth November 18, 2016

        We’re waiting for you to stop complaining. You have some nerve calling someone else out after whining daily on behalf of Trump and the GOP.
        Settling doesn’t absolve him of knowingly inflating his phony university. Had he not been brought to justice he would have continued the scheme.

        Refer to Trump Axiom #1—“Too much money is never enough”.

  2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth November 18, 2016

    “Fraud—the crime of using dishonest methods to take something valuable from another
    person. : a person who pretends to be what he or she is not in order to trick …”

    The president-to-be approaches his task with the shame of fraudulent behavior over his head, not to mention lechery, bigotry, and other assorted debased characteristics in his baggage.
    And after he has been brought to task, he has the gall to say that his lies about the benefits of his shady university were not to be taken literally. Trump has so much dirt covering him that it would take the Box’s, Otto’s, and AgLander’s forever to wipe his Lordship clean.

    While Trump was in a status of having used deception in order to make money for himself, (Trump Axiom #1—“Too much money is never enough”), he had the nerve to accuse others of being liars, and clamoring and yapping about locking someone up.
    The only one needing a lockup, but will be granted a pass because of being a star, is Trump.

    At the end of the day, Trump is just another Ferengi like Quark of Star Trek.

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    1. AgLander November 19, 2016

      I’m sure you won’t be included in any settlement since the nearest you’ve been to any university is drive-bys on your way to McDonald’s.

  3. dtgraham November 19, 2016

    This man has now been proven in a court of law to be a con man and a fraud artist, and he’s going to be President of the United States. Unbelievable.

    Reply
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