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U.S. president-elect trial on ex-Trump University fraud cases settled with plaintiffs

November 28, 2016 - UNITED STATES

President-Elect Donald Trump was due in court in San Diego, California, for the first of several trials that related to fraud lawsuits, but has settled out of court for US $25 million.

The lawsuit was launched by former students of his now-defunct Trump University, who claim they were defrauded.

While presidents enjoy immunity from lawsuits arising from their official duties, the shield does not extend to acts alleged to have taken place prior to taking office. The settlement eliminates the possibility that Trump will be called to testify in court in the midst of his presidential transition.

Trump has repeatedly boasted that that he never settles lawsuits despite a long history of doing so.

BEFORE TAKING THE WHITE HOUSE, TRUMP DUE IN COURT OVER FRAUD (Vanity Fair 9 Nov 2016)

Trump due in court before Oval Office (CNBC 10 Nov 2016)

Donald Trump Heads To Court For Trump University Lawsuit On Heels Of Election (Huff Post 9 Nov 2016)

Trump agrees to $25 million settlement in Trump University fraud cases (Washington Post 18 Nov 2016)

Date written/update: 2016-11-21