“Mexican” Judge OK’s $25M Trump U Settlement

Politico reports:

A federal judge has approved a $25 million settlement President Donald Trump agreed to late last year in a bid to head off a civil fraud trial over his Trump University real estate seminar program.

U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel issued a 31-page ruling Friday deeming the deal fair and overruling claims from some former Trump University students that they should get larger payments or be allowed to drop out altogether in a bid to force Trump into a trial.

Under the settlement, former Trump University students are expected to get 80 percent to 90 percent of what they paid — typically about $1,500 for a three-day seminar or $35,000 for an in-depth mentorship program.

During the presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly vowed not to settle the case. He also attacked the San Diego-based Curiel’s pretrial rulings and accused him of bias based on his Latino heritage, calling the judge “Spanish” although he was born in Indiana.

With jury selection set to begin in one of the cases shortly after Thanksgiving last year, Trump agreed to the $25 million settlement, which also involved a $4 million payment to resolve another suit brought by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

  • pch1013

    Which works out to approximately 9 more weekend stays at his own property, courtesy of you and me.

    • Aprilvhurst

      Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours & have longer with friends and family! !dh23c:
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      !dh239c:
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  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    And remember that Paul Ryan acknowledged that trump’s statements about this judge were, by definition, racist. But, of well, as long has me could realize his college dream of getting rid of Medicaid.

  • Tawreos

    I am waiting for the executive order that states that any and all costs associated with a lawsuit for a sitting president have to be paid for by the country

  • Tomcat

    OT but has to do with today’s press conference.You can tell trump admin is concerned about things because they are BACK TO BASHING HILLARY and claiming she had ties to Putin.
    Yes she did, he hated her but loves trump. Spincter needs to just cool it on Hillary.

    • bkmn

      All they have left is deflection.

      • pch1013

        It’s all they’ve *ever* had.

        • Danieruw

          Before he came out

    • Tawreos

      He doesn’t have a choice, he just has to play it like Trump calls it.

  • bkmn

    Curiel is really letting him off the hook. I would have loved to see some of the plaintiffs drop out and sue him individually. The depositions would have been great.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Assuming they had the option to opt out and not be a part of the class, they took their chances. The one person I know of suing had joined the class, then decided she wanted out after the settlement. I’m pretty sure that’s not how any of this works.

      In a world where this pig was not really possibly in a zillion years on his way to the White House, suing on one’s own would surely have been a losing proposition.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    A settlement is meaningless until its paid. Watch Trump U declare bankruptcy and default on the claims. Is The Don personally responsible? I would doubt it.

    • Rex

      They should make him sell off a golf course to make the payment.

      • mark

        You can bet he doesn’t have an asset than can be attached. Thieves, liars and con men don’t leave anything out there like that. He’s a pro.

        • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

          He has a large asset that seems attached.

          https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CYfBIBmUQAEuMPA.jpg

          • Marides48

            Is he wearing his “Big Boy” pants?

          • Henry Auvil

            Does being the “leader of the free world” make my ass look fat?

          • Beagle

            That is NOT worth $25 million.

  • Rex

    The embarrassment that is Trump continues.
    A man who bilked thousands with a sham university is sitting in the White House.
    That’s not what makes America great, it’s what brings us shame.

  • Ninja0980

    Angry Trump tweet in 3,2,1.

  • Joe: If you read this, I’d like to report the site now after the Cloudflare upgrade appears — to me — to be working much, much better.

    • KCMC

      like a slick whistle…whatever that is.

      • PickyPecker

        I always go with ‘…like goose shit through a tin horn.’

        • BearEyes

          I don’t want to know how you know that
          /s

          • ChrisMorley

            Worry not.

            Many credit General George S. Patton with the phrase. He dropped it during a speech to the Third Army on June 5, 1944, according to Charles M. Province, who wrote “The Unknown Patton.”

            “I don’t want to get any messages saying, ‘I am holding my position.’
            We are not holding a G*dda**ed thing. Let the Germans do that. We are advancing constantly and we are not interested in holding onto anything, except the enemy’s balls. We are going to twist his balls and kick the living sh** out of him all of the time. Our basic plan of operation is to advance and to keep on advancing regardless of whether we have to go
            over, under, or through the enemy. We are going to go through him like crap through a goose; like sh** through a tin horn!”

            There are others who believe the phrase was coined well before Patton may have borrowed it. The website LanguageHat.com offered the idea that British novelist William Boyd is responsible, and the term dates back to the 19th century.

            A tin horn could be a reference to “plumbing arrangements on early railway cars.” Apparently when flushed, the contents of the toilet dropped directly onto the train tracks.

          • Menergy

            They were still using those open-bottomed toilets on trains in Italy in the ’60’s (and probablyotherparts of Europe,too) — you could watch down through the opening as you peed and see the crushed gravel under the railroad ties go rushing past and the flushed contents dropped and sprayed away from sight….. I never did walk on railroad tracks over there after knowing this….:) I recall you weren’t supposed to use the railcar toilet when the car was stopped in the stations…….

          • Cattleya1

            Haven’t you ever heard or used ‘squirt like a goose’? It was standard phraseology where I grew up – in KY.

        • KCMC

          praytell, out of what rural region did that honk?

      • Acronym Jim

        “That’s not how you give a blowjob.”

  • Ben in Oakland

    well, that proves the judge is corrupt. If he were not, the award would have been $50 mlliion.

  • Cuberly

    The Prez of the US is settling a lawsuit for a sham “college” branded with his supposed expertise and image.

    These people still don’t give a damn.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9c47a8232cd75904a515b4123110267b24b48c7dd25debff033c70c5ee2c6ec3.jpg

    • Acronym Jim

      Careful, “Red Pill” is going to steal that meme.

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      “I was dumb but now I’m smart !!!”

      If you compare yourself to the Swamp Creature in the White House, you may appear smarter, but you aren’t.

  • Spicer tell: “It would be interesting–” <– Whenever he wants to change the subject or completely alter the premise of the question he was just asked.

    • safari

      Also, “As I’ve said…”

      • PickyPecker

        “We’ve already made this clear…”

        • Natty Enquirer

          “No, no, hold on …”

          • “I don’t understand why you’re not focusing on and asking about…”

          • Lazycrockett

            “I don’t know”. but my personal favorite was telling reporter “You call the FBI.

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            It’s about the process unless the process has yet to be processed.

        • Natty Enquirer

          Well, he’s pretty transparent.

        • TuuxKabin

          made wut clear?

        • Acronym Jim

          “Stop shaking your head…”

  • Todd20036

    Didn’t Trump say that only guilty people pay settlements?

    • JWC

      of course but then we also know he lies

  • kanehau

    100% O/T – but a fun diversion for you all:

    Open up Google Maps on your iPad/iPhone… there is a PacMan icon in the lower left – it turns your current location into a PacMan game where you can swipe to traverse the streets

    Edit: Desktop Google Maps also has it.

  • safari

    Someone is questioning 45’s tweets. Spicer might eat his face.

  • Treant

    Why not 100% of what they paid, with additional penalties for Don the Con for cheating these folks?

    Oh, right, compromise. Carry on, then.

    • McSwagg

      The lawyers need their half of the pie.

  • boobert

    He’s made 10 times that so far, with what he’s charging secret service for rent and golf carts. Even supposedly good friends like phil ruffin had to pay $18,000 a night at the Washington hotel for inauguration. In return for that, phil gets his stay in the white house . The whole thing stinks !

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    OT- With all the Flynn Breaking news last night, I went over to Fox to see what their take was.
    They were talking about ” White Genocide ” For real.

    • JWC

      question I have racked my poor little blond brain at the beginning of a lot of messages it is preceede with OT what does that reference

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Off Topic

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          I guess It could also mean:
          Other Things
          Orange Toupee

          • Acronym Jim

            “Oblate Tangerine”

        • Todd20036

          Not directly related to the subject of the article, though it might be tangentially related.

        • JWC

          ah Thanx gotcha

        • Uncle Mark

          Orange Tirade

      • TuuxKabin

        And such a sweet n’ cute poor lil’ blond brain.

        • JWC

          Ah shucks thanx

    • Natty Enquirer

      Sounds like a trendy whiskey.

    • billbear1961

      Until SERIOUS journalists begin to call out the propagandists in places like Fox, exposing them for what they are, ridiculing and damning them for it with TONS of evidence to prove their claims against them, this republic will NEVER recover–assuming it isn’t ALREADY on its DEATHBED.

      I remember when I first heard about Fox back in the 90s, I thought, “Oh, serious journalists will expose them for what they are, and that will be that. They’re such OBVIOUS liars.” But they did NOT; and, STILL, despite all the terrible DAMAGE the right-wing LIE machine has done to the body politic in this country, STILL, they are NOT calling them out!!

      The failure to do so is one of their greatest BETRAYALS of this country, a betrayal of their journalistic responsibility to the TRUTH, and of their responsibility to protect genuine democracy from those out to undermine and DESTROY it.

      It’s why–the MAIN reason why–we are where we are today, and the main reason WHY this democratic republic MAY not SURVIVE!!

      • Cattleya1

        Mr. Bear – you re right and this is how democracies die.

  • Walter Maerlyn

    The Independent: Trump-Russia links scandal ‘one of the worst outrages in American history’, says former US Labour Secretary(Robert Reich)

    Right up there with Pearl Harbor, 9-11, etc…

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-russia-links-scandal-robert-reich-us-labor-secretary-bill-clinton-american-history-a7660591.html

    • Treant

      Since this one is self-inflicted (and to be fair, you should compare that to other things of the same nature), the only other events we have to compare it to are things like the Teapot Dome scandal and Watergate. This surpasses both by miles.

      • Walter Maerlyn

        Cheney has called Putin’s actions in this (just the proved ones) an act of war. Trump couldn’t have accomplished what he did without Putin’s help, so I don’t think this entirely self-inflicted, although I will concede to shared blame between Putin and the Republican establishment.

        • Treant

          Honestly, it takes two to tango, so if Trump hadn’t accepted the help, it wouldn’t’ve happened. I still call this self-inflicted damage.

          Unlike, say, Pearl Harbor or 9-11 where an external factor was what caused the event rather than, directly, anything our government was doing (indirectly is another story, of course).

  • Lazycrockett

    and another piece of Spicer’s soul dies.

  • Gigi

    I like people who don’t settle lawsuits.

    “I don’t settle lawsuits,” Trump later explained to an Arkansas crowd after his primary opponents began using Trump University as evidence that the real estate developer and reality television star was simply a con man. “Probably should have settled it, but I just can’t do that. Mentally I can’t do it. I’d rather spend a lot more money and fight it.”

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/11/18/donald-never-settle-trump-to-settle-trump-university-fraud-lawsuit-for-20-million.html

  • JWC

    Has this man ever been honest I mean EVER?

    • Ross

      No.

      No.

      And no.

  • Jumpin’ to new thread…

  • billbear1961

    Can they appeal?

    • Rob NYNY

      I’m not sure whom you mean by “they,” but as a general rule, a settlement is agreed by all parties and appeals are waived.

  • Halou

    How soon before Trump rages on Twitter about this thing he literally agreed to?

  • Robincho

    He’s gonna hafta get real creative now, because I don’t think the motherfucker has got $25M just lying around…

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Putin will lend him the rubles.
      Of course, as any puppet knows, those rubles will come with strings attached.

  • Hank

    During the presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly vowed not to settle the case.”

    How “Presidential” can you get!!! What a royal embarrassment!!!! A sicilian worker, asked me and my friends from where we came. When we said America, he said Trump e pazzo!!! (Trump is crazy)

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Fake-university!
    Worthless diplomas. Sad!!

  • Winston Statehill

    Bet nobody collects a penny.

  • Henry Auvil

    $25M is going to really cut into Melania’s “cosmetology” budget.

  • JCF
    • McSwagg

      It’s not “sweets” that spill out, but rather “bitter pills”.

  • Aprilvhurst

    Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours & have longer with friends and family! !dh23c:
    On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
    !dh239c:
    ➽➽
    ➽➽;➽➽ http://GoogleFinancialCashJobs529HomeFoxGetPaid$97/Hour ★★★✫★★★✫★★★✫★★★✫★★★✫★★★✫★★★✫★★★✫★★★✫★★★✫★★★✫★★★✫★★★✫::::::!dh239c:….,…….