Trump pays $25M to settle Trump University lawsuits: report

Trump pays $25M to settle Trump University lawsuits: report
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President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAl Gore: Trump has had 'less of an impact on environment so far than I feared' Trump claims tapes of him saying the 'n-word' don't exist Trump wanted to require staffers to get permission before writing books: report MORE on Wednesday paid $25 million to settle three lawsuits over his now-defunct Trump University, CNN Money reported. 

Of that, $21 million will go to former students of Trump University in California, where two class-action lawsuits were filed, while $4 million will go to a suit filed in New York by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

The lawsuits claimed that the Trump-branded organization offered expensive real estate classes that falsely advertised instructors who were associated with Trump.

Schneiderman has referred to Trump University's actions as the "hallmark of snake-oil salesmen."

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The online school did not have to admit wrongdoing in the settlement.

The Trump Organization did not immediately provide CNN Money with a comment, but in November said the settlements would allow Trump to focus on his duties as president-elect.

"While we have no doubt that Trump University would have prevailed at trial based on the merits of this case, resolution of these matters allow President-Elect Trump to devote his full attention to the important issues facing our great nation," a spokesperson said at the time.

By settling in November, the president-elect avoided having to appear in court over the lawsuits.