An Appeals court rejected a challenge by one plaintiff to the $25 million Trump University settlement case. This ruling means that a Trump University degree will finally be worth something monetarily as 4,000 “students” will soon receive part of the cash, which could be as much as 90 percent of what they paid with hopes of learning how to become successful business people.
It also, unfortunately, means the challenger, Florida bankruptcy lawyer Sherri Simpson won’t be able to take Trump to trial on her own for the $19,000 she forked out for “classes,” and a membership.
Josh Gerstein, a POLITICO reporter, shared the news:
BREAKING: Appeals court rejects challenge to $25M #trumpuniversity settlement, says notice about right to opt out of class action was sufficiently clear https://t.co/CxXdLCIZmy
— Josh Gerstein (@joshgerstein) February 6, 2018
Simpson’s lawyers argued that notices sent to thousands of Trump University participants gave her the impression she could opt out of the class action lawsuit, but the Appeals court panel disagreed.
A lawyer for the plaintiff said she was giving up the right after the ruling, though she could have appealed if she had so desired. However, if she had pursued it further, Trump’s lawyers indicated they would back out of the $25 million settlement, and nobody would be reimbursed.
“I’m not surprised, but we are disappointed that there will never be a public trial on Trump University and that all of the lurid facts about the fraud won’t receive the public hearing they deserve,” attorney Gary Friedman said.
Investigative reporter for USA Today, Nick Penzenstadler, noted that Sherri’s case was a hang-up that would no longer derail the case and would allow the money to reach plaintiffs faster.
Sherri Simpson, the single hang-up, won't derail the case. Some elderly victims were dying waiting for checks: https://t.co/w8xlJy92uI https://t.co/T55GDS3lCG
— Nick Penzenstadler (@npenzenstadler) February 6, 2018
New York State Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, who brought one of the cases against Trump University, shared a statement on the news.
“For years, President Trump refused to compensate the victims of his sham university. His reversal in 2016 –and the large-scale settlement that resulted–opened the door for student victims to finally obtain the restitution they deserve,” said Schneiderman.
#BREAKING: With approval of our class action settlement by the 9th Circuit, the victims of @realDonaldTrump’s fraudulent university will soon receive the $25M in relief they deserve. https://t.co/pduJ6h0Caz pic.twitter.com/8pSdRHdCju
— Eric Schneiderman (@AGSchneiderman) February 6, 2018
Today’s outcome was unexpected, considering Trump’s stance on the campaign trail in 2016.
Below is Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, indicating that he wouldn’t settle the case.
“You know what happens when you settle cases? Everybody sues you. At least with me, I don’t settle cases very often,” Trump said.
Trump once boasted that the Better Business Bureau had given Trump Univerity an “A” rating, which was proven to be a lie. The claim was made during a Republican debate, and Trump was caught on camera offering a piece of paper to debate hosts that he claimed was directly from the Better Business Bureau.
The Bureau issued a statement that they had not sent any document and verified that the true rating was “No rating” since September 2015. Before that, the rating fluctuated from D- to A+.
See Trump present the false below:
Trump handed a fax to the @FoxNews anchors during the #GOPDebate just a bit ago pic.twitter.com/EvVbvFZAgK
— IJR (@TheIJR) March 4, 2016
Trump’s statement that he didn’t get sued very often was also easily demonstrated as a lie. USA Today’s ongoing analysis found Trump and his businesses were involved in:
“…Thousands of legal actions in federal and state courts over the past three decades.”
Right before he was scheduled to take the stand in the fraud case, and right after his election, he abruptly settled the case, with no admission of wrongdoing. Trump was set to appear on trial before Judge Gonzalo Curiel and famously attacked him, calling him a “hater,” who was treating him unfairly because he was a “Mexican.”
Today, the “students” of Trump University receive some justice, although now large numbers of people in the entire country may feel similarly defrauded by Trump’s presidency.
See more in the video from Wochit Politics below:
Featured image: Screenshot via YouTube.