Judge approves Trump University settlement

Plaintiff attorney Jason Forge, center, speaks alongside attorney Rachel Jensen, left, after a hearing for a lawsuit against President Donald Trump Thursday, March 30, 2017, in San Diego. A judge said Thursday he will issue a ruling at a later time on whether to accept an agreement for President Trump to pay $25 million to settle lawsuits over his now-defunct Trump University. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A judge has approved an agreement for President Donald Trump to pay $25 million to settle lawsuits over his now-defunct Trump University.

The decision Friday by U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel in San Diego ends nearly seven years of legal battles with customers who claimed they were misled by failed promises to teach success in real estate.

The ruling settles two class-action lawsuits and a civil lawsuit by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Trump had vowed never to settle but said after the election that he didn’t have time for a trial, even though he believed he would have prevailed. Under terms of the settlement, he admits no wrongdoing.

Attorneys for the customers say thousands will get at least 90 percent of their money back.

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