Appeals court upholds $25 million Trump University settlement

Appeals court upholds $25 million Trump University settlement
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A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to the $25 million settlement that President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Illinois House passes bill that would mandate Asian-American history lessons in schools Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he MORE was ordered to pay to former students of the now-shuttered Trump University.

Sherri Simpson challenged the settlement, saying she wanted to take Trump to trial over the $19,000 she paid for Trump University programs. But the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals sided against her, Politico reported Tuesday.


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.”

Now that Simpson's challenge has been rejected, roughly 4,000 former Trump University students could begin to receive payments from the $25 million settlement, Politico reports. 

A federal judge approved the settlement in March, bringing to an end two class-action lawsuits by the former students, who said they were misled into enrolling in the classes.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) had also filed a civil suit over the programs, which was resolved by the settlement.

“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,” Schneiderman said in a statement Tuesday.