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Trump University Lawsuit May Not Be Over After All

Donald Trump had previously settled the Trump University class action lawsuit for $25 million, but one rogue Florida woman wants to take our 45th President to trial.

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In November of last year, Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, settled a class action lawsuit concerning his now defunct educational company, Trump University. He offered $25 million, and on March 30th, U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel will decide whether or not to approve that amount.

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While called Trump University, Trump's for-profit company was not an accredited university or college. Instead, it offered ungraded wealth and real estate courses, and it attracted thousands of students who were mesmerized by Trump's wealth and wanted to get rich quick.

In 2011, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman opened an investigation about Trump University's alleged aggressive business practices, which included encouraging students to open credit cards to pay for expensive classes and hiring unqualified instructors who were endorsed by Trump without having met him.

In 2013, a civil lawsuit was filed in New York state. Meanwhile, two class action lawsuits brought on by former students who claimed they were frauded were filed in California.

The $25 million settlement was to be divided by nearly 6,000 former students and would end all three Trump University lawsuits. However, former student Sherri Simpson wants to be excluded and take Trump to trial.

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Even before the settlement was announced, Simpson had been vocal about her disdain for Trump. Back when he was campaigning for president, she appeared in a Florida anti-Trump ad where she pled with viewers to not trust his orange majesty.

"All of [Trump University] was just a fake," Simpson said. "America, do not make the same mistake that I did with Donald Trump. I got hurt badly and I'd hate to see this country get hurt by Donald Trump."

Simpson's lawyers said that she wanted her day in court, not a portion of the class action settlement which could repay half of the $35,000 she spent on a "Gold Elite" mentorship program. However, she may not be able to do sue separately because she did not opt out of the class-action on the deadline of November 16, 2015, according to the The Sun Sentinel.

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According to the class action plaintiffs' attorneys, former students were notified repeatedly of the opt-out deadline. Thirteen people chose to remove themselves from the lawsuit, but Simpson did not. Therefore, even if she may now want to go to trial on her own, she most likely legally cannot.

Her objection to the settlement can be taken into account, though, and Judge Curiel still has time to decide the fairness of the settlement, which only reimburses students about 50 cents to the dollar of what they spent and does not provide damages.

So on March 30th, Donald Trump will FINALLY get to know whether or not this Trump University litigation is truly over or not.

But no matter what happens, he never admitted to any wrongdoing and his hands continue to be very big.

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