A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided unanimously on Tuesday that a district judge acted appropriately when he approved the $25-million Trump University settlement, refusing to allow a former student to take the president to trial, reports Politico.
Sherri Simpson had challenged the settlement reached days after Donald Trump was elected president, saying she wanted to the president to trial over the $19,000 she paid for Trump University real estate programs.
The Hill reports:
Simpson’s lawyers argued that notices sent to Trump University members had guaranteed they would be able to opt out of class-action lawsuits either before or immediately after a settlement.
But judges on the court ruled that the class-action suit “promised only one opportunity to opt out.”
Approximately 4,000 former Trump University students will now be able to receive payments from the $25 million settlement, Politico reports.
The class-action lawsuits accused Trump University of falsely advertising that it would teach students Trump’s “secrets of success.”
The LA Times reports:
Instead, the attendees said they received three-day seminars in which they were aggressively urged to invest tens of thousands of dollars more for a mentorship program.
“Today’s approval of the Trump University class action settlement by the Ninth Circuit means that victims of Donald Trump’s fraudulent university will soon receive the $25 million in relief they deserve,” said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D), who had also filed a civil suit over the programs.
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