Trump settles ‘university’ lawsuits

Donald Trump had said he wouldn’t back down on the Trump University lawsuits against him as he ‘always won in court’, but has decided to settle.

RNZ: Donald Trump to pay $25m over ‘phoney’ university

US President-elect Donald Trump has agreed to pay $25 million ($35m NZD) to settle his Trump University fraud lawsuits, but he will not admit wrongdoing.

During his presidential campaign, he claimed the US district judge overseeing two of the cases, Judge Gonzalo Curiel, was biased because he was of Mexican descent.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the settlement.

He said it followed repeated refusals by Mr Trump “to settle for even modest amounts of compensation for the victims of his phoney university”.

Students claimed 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.

Three lawsuits relating to Trump University will be covered by the deal: two class actions suits in California and a New York case brought by Schneiderman.

Judge Curiel must approve the deal.

Mr Trump will not admit any wrongdoing under the agreement.

His attorney, Daniel Petrocelli, said the settlement demonstrated Trump’s desire to set his personal feelings aside to work on issues facing the county.

“It’s time to move on,” Petrocelli said.

I’m not surprised Trump wants to move on, it would have been distracting and embarrassing to continue in court.

Wikipedia has the history of the lawsuits.

Trump University LLC (formerly the Trump Wealth Institute; later named Trump Entrepreneur Initiative LLC) was an American for-profit education company that ran a real estate training program from 2005 until 2010. (A separate organization, Trump Institute, was licensed by Trump University but not owned by the Trump Organization.)

After multiple lawsuits, it is now defunct. It was founded by Donald Trump and his associates, Michael Sexton and Jonathan Spitalny, in 2004. The company offered courses in real estate, asset management, entrepreneurship, and wealth creation.[

The organization was not an accredited university or college. It did not confer college credit, grant degrees, or grade its students.

In 2011, the company became the subject of an inquiry by the New York Attorney General’s office for illegal business practices that resulted in a lawsuit filed in 2013, which remains ongoing.

Trying to make it sound like a win.Trying to make it sound like a win.TTTcxppv_2veaeovue

Trying to make it sound like a win. If it can be called a win quite an expensive one.

But contradictory – says that the outcome was better than ‘the potential award’, as if conceding there was merit in the case.

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27 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  20th November 2016

    Schneiderman is a thoroughly nasty bit of work using his position for political purposes.

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    • But these lawsuits have been going on for yonks. I’ve added some history to the post.

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    • artcroft

       /  20th November 2016

      Much like Comey.

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    • Joe Bloggs

       /  20th November 2016

      Trump is a thoroughly nasty piece of work using his riches to establish a nepotistic political empire….

      See what I did there.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  20th November 2016

        Yep, succumbed to Trump Derrangement Disorder – which lost the election for the Democrats.

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        • Gezza

           /  20th November 2016

          The narcissism & bullshit remains strong in The Donald. This makes him a difficult prospect to assess as to whether he can and will do what he said he would as President, and whether anything he does do will actually deliver the trickledown benefits for everyone that he claims will be terrific.

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        • Haha that’s good Alan…… keep practicing you might even be funny some day…

          But seriously, this Trump Derangement Syndrome is emerging already although not in the form that you would like it to be:

          You have Steve Bannon as Trump’s chief strategist, along with Bannon’s campaign to rebrand racism as American “nationalism”

          You have Michael Flynn as national security advisor, an anti-Semite and Islamophobe with ties to Vladimir Putin, and regarded by his fellow officers as ‘unhinged’ before he was fired from his last job in the military

          You have career racist Jeff Sessions, too racist to be a federal judge is the new Attorney General, an insult to justice, a man with a track record of hostility towards women, people of colour and the LGBT community, a man who thought the Ku Klux Klan was “OK until I found out they smoked pot”, a man who believes the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is an “intrusive piece of legislation”, who opposed efforts to remove the Confederate flag from state property, and who voted against the reauthorisation of the Violence Against Women Act.

          You have Mike Pompeo, new CIA chief, a hardline anti-abortionist who, like Sessions, voted against the reauthorisation of the Violence Against Women Act, and who has vowed to tear up the 2014 Senate report into CIA torture. Pompeo has also called for “the traitor Edward Snowden” to be executed, and supports the removal of all legal barriers to having the NSA spy on Americans.

          You have Myron Ebell, a climate change denier, despite global warming happening right in front of everyone’s eyes, despite news this week that the Arctic is 20⁰C warmer than normal as winter descends

          You have Walid Phares, Trump’s foreign policy adviser, a key ideologue of the far-right Lebanese Christian militia that committed war crimes during the Lebanese civil war.

          Then of course you have Trump himself – too busy signing off a private business deal with Mangal Prabhat Lodha, a real estate mogul and Indian state legislator to call PM Theresa May, (ironically Lodha has sponsored legislation to jail Christians for spreading their faith in India), sacking Chris Christie because Christie prosecuted and jailed the father of Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner……

          And Kushner who is currently taking legal advice on how he can circumvent anti-nepotism laws so that he can be a paid-up member of the administration…

          And so it goes… swastikas appearing across America, a cabinet of civil rights offenders and deniers being built, and a president-elect who has placed a white supremacist at his side…… yup, Trump Derangement Syndrome as conceived and espoused by Trump himself is alive and thriving

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          • Klik Bate

             /  20th November 2016

            My niece in Connecticut, sez they prefer to ‘Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive’ these days, Ishmael…….

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  20th November 2016

            Because Jared Kushner really needs a government salary package?

            As for the rest, you just repeat the same hysterical personal attack lines that lost the Democrats the election. I’ll wait to judge on performance as I expect most Americans will.

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  20th November 2016

              Why does he need one ?

              The convention that presidents’ investments go into blind trusts is so there will not be conflicts of interest. If Trump refuses to do this, and insists upon having his family running the business as well as being in the White House (I may be wrong and they may not be working for him there as well; if so, my mistake) it will be a very bad move indeed. It will be a bad move even if they are just running his businesses. Is he naive or narcissistic ?

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  20th November 2016

              If it wasn’t a university, how did he get away with calling it one ? Any ‘qualification’ therefrom would be worthless and meaningless.

            • Klik Bate

               /  20th November 2016

              We have good friends who have long been members of Destiny Church. Are you saying they may not be able to enter the the Kingdom of Heaven ❓

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  20th November 2016

              @Kitty, Kushner doesn’t need to be “paid up” by anyone. He is very wealthy in his own right from his own business.

              I don’t see why Trump’s business is any more a conflict of interest than Clinton’s need for wealthy donors?

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  20th November 2016

    More Trump Derrangement Syndrome:
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11751405

    My God, what idiots there are around us.

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    • Gezza

       /  20th November 2016

      Girls eh? 🙄

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      • Pickled Possum

         /  20th November 2016

        Excuse me Gez but some Men fashion designers are more girly than boyzees .. any way that lady she had what one … (but not Al) … may call the One with Strong Convictions which usually precedes Great Actions and the Great Action is … every body talking abut her Stand hahaha marketing what a Hoot!

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    • MaureenW

       /  20th November 2016

      Stupid story in all the MSN papers. I’m quite certain Melanie will dress herself just fine without this particular twit.

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  3. duperez

     /  20th November 2016

    Isn’t it just buying “justice”? Nothing new.

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  4. Kitty Catkin

     /  20th November 2016

    No, it’s not buying justice; it’s bowing to the inevitable and paying out sooner rather than later. The ‘university’ is not one, and how it was able to call itself one is a real mystery. It was false advertising and the people were not given what they paid for. From the sound of it, there is no way that Trump could have avoided this payout. His claims of a noble gesture will only deceive the most gullible-nobody forks over $25,000,000 out of the goodness of their heart, no matter how rich they are. If there was no way that the fraud charges could have stuck, he would have let them go on and been triumphantly cleared-as it is, he looks like someone who’s paying now to avoid doing it later.

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    • Gezza

       /  20th November 2016

      Big league. 100%.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  20th November 2016

        Nobody’s so generous that they will generously hand large amounts of money to dishonest people who are wrongly and maliciously suing them when they have done nothing wrong 😀

        Do many people settle out of court and pay up when they are not in the wrong ? Buggered if I would, any more than I’d plead guilty if I wasn’t.

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  5. patupaiarehe

     /  20th November 2016

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