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ZHE Settles Trump University Class Action

Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck, LLP proudly served as court-appointed Co-Lead Class Counsel in two class action lawsuits brought on behalf of consumers duped into paying tens of thousands of dollars for Donald Trump’s real estate investing scheme called “Trump University.” The cases claimed that Donald J. Trump and his so-called “university” violated federal and state laws by falsely advertising seminars and mentorships (“Live Events”) as teaching Trump’s “real-estate secrets” through his “hand-picked” “professors” at his “elite” university. In reality, according to the suit, the instructors were high-pressure salespeople paid on a commission basis to up-sell consumers to even more expensive courses (including the “Gold Elite” course for $34,995), and these salesmen were never trained on Trump’s “real-estate secrets” much less taught them. Among other relief, the suit sought refunds for all “Live Event” students across the country who had not yet received them, with additional penalties and/or fines for senior citizens in California and Florida, and treble damages in the Cohen RICO case.

In November, we announced that the matter had settled for an incredible $25 million.  We issued the following statement regarding the case:

We are pleased to announce that a settlement has been reached in the hard-fought class action litigation our firm initiated more than six years ago on behalf of approximately 7,000 consumers against Donald Trump and Trump University.  Pursuant to the terms of the settlement, Trump University will pay class members $25 million to settle claims of both class members and the New York Attorney General.  Class members will receive a minimum of 55 percent of their damages, with the possibility of recouping the full value of their claims.  With any luck, they’ll have the money they wasted on Trump University back in their wallets by the middle of next year.  And to further increase their actual recovery, we’ve made the somewhat unprecedented decision not to take any attorneys’ fees for our years of work on this case.

From the beginning, this has been a true David and Goliath story. Those are the cases we love to pursue, and this was no exception. While we filed this case many years before Donald Trump ran for office, once he became the Republican Party candidate, we were acutely aware of the peculiar difficulties that could arise in litigating against a candidate for America’s highest office in a case like this.  These concerns were only heightened when Mr. Trump succeeded in winning the electoral college and became the President-Elect. For nearly seven years, we poured ourselves into fighting on behalf of good people like Sonny Low, J.R. Everett, John Brown and Art Cohen.  And it is stories like theirs — and the thousands of other class members just like them — that compelled us to fight this long hard battle on their behalf.

Many of our clients, like Mr. Low, are getting older, and are still paying off charges on their credit cards for courses they took at Trump University many years ago. The people harmed by Trump University simply cannot afford to wait any longer to be made whole.  They are hardworking, decent Americans who deserve to be compensated for the harm they suffered.

These are the reasons why, at this juncture, we agreed to engage in settlement discussions with Mr. Trump.

It is incredibly painful for us to stop this fight now, but we are convinced that the settlement we have reached represents an outstanding resolution for the class.  We stand behind their claims 100%, but there is always risk in taking a case to trial and that was particularly so here, when the defendant was poised to be the next President of the United States. In federal court, a plaintiff must win a unanimous jury verdict to get any relief. It is with these heavy realities on their minds that our clients chose to resolve their claims short of trial. It has been a privilege to represent the class against Donald Trump and Trump University, and we thank our clients for their unwavering trust in us as we represented their interests in court.

For more information, please see the TrumpUniversityLitigation.com website, which has answers to many frequently asked questions and will be regularly updated.

For more information about the Trump University case, a timeline and links to the filed briefs, click here: : http://zhlaw.com/cases/trump-university/


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Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck are passionate about your rights as an employee and human being. If you believe your rights as an employee have been violated, it is important to speak to our experienced Employment Lawyer San Diego as soon as possible. As an employee, you have rights and both federal and state laws exist to protect you. Yet every day, employees somewhere in San Diego, and all over California are illegally discriminated against, sexually harassed, forced to work, missing meal breaks and unpaid overtime or wrongfully fired. Contact our experienced San Diego Employment Law Attorneys at Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck, LLP today for a free consultation.

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