A judge on Friday approved an agreement reached with President Trump to pay $25 million to settle three lawsuits filed against him over Trump University real estate seminars,
US District Judge Gonzalo Curiel in San Diego had been expected to sign off on the agreement, which was reached last year, ending nearly seven years of legal wrangling between Trump and former students of his real estate university who claimed they were ripped off.
Hundreds of plaintiffs claimed they were pressured to spend thousands on “worthless gimmickry,” and filed two cases in California and one in New York.
“Today’s final approval by a judge of our Trump University settlement will provide relief – and hopefully much-needed closure – to the victims of Donald Trump’s fraudulent university,” New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said in a statement. “Trump University’s victims waited years for compensation, while President Trump refused to settle and fought us every step of the way – until his stunning reversal last fall.”
In November, the then-president-elect tweeted he had decided to settle the lawsuits to “focus on our country.”
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) March 31, 2017