Much has happened since November of 2016 when Donald Trump settled a multimillion dollar case against him and his real estate program, Trump University. Just days after being inaugurated, Donald settled three class action lawsuits totaling $25 million dollars. Trump and his business partners scammed more that 6,000 people out of millions of dollars for years.
The scam tricked students into believing they were learning Donald Trump’s real estate secrets. The students were told they were being taught by professors who were “hand picked” by Trump, who claimed they had years of success in the field. In actuality, the classes were being taught by people who had no formal training of any kind and no real estate experience.
Sherri Simpson was one of Trump University’s students who was cheated out of thousands of dollars. Now, she’s taking Trump back to court. Simpson believes that she was denied the right to opt out of the settlement. She, and the others involved in the lawsuit, would only receive about one-seventh of the value of their claims under that settlement. There would also be no public trial, no admission of Trump’s wrongdoing, and no court order to prevent a repeat of the same situation. Simpson said that:
‘I understand why some folks simply want to settle, take a little money, and forget this ever happened. Scams like Trump U victimize the vulnerable, and they need to be stopped. This shouldn’t be swept under the rug with a settlement that doesn’t even require him to pay back what he took or admit guilt.’
Simpson is planning on suing Trump independently for fraud, which she hopes would force Trump to produce evidence. The former student has hired some of Washington’s most prestigious lawyers, Gary B. Friedman and Deepak Gupta. The first step, according to Friedman is to challenge the settlement:
‘We’re asking them to rule that there is no authority to approve a settlement in this case, because it did not allow the class members to opt out – to say yes or no to the settlement.’
Deepak Gupta has argued cases before the Supreme Court and also worked as a litigator for the former Deepak Gupta has argued cases before the Supreme Court and also worked as a litigator for the former Deepak Gupta has argued cases before the Supreme Court and also worked as a litigator for the former Deepak Gupta has argued cases before the Supreme Court and also worked as a litigator for the former administration. Gupta believes that Simpson has a case, and said:
‘Trump really could end up going to trial. We’re confident that the Ninth Circuit will rule that any deal like this must allow people like Sherri to opt out if they want.’
A date for the trial has not yet been set.
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