Awkward is the idea of a president-elect going to trial for fraud between his election and inauguration. Which is why the Trump University lawsuit may be fizzling out.
The six-year-old class-action suit—brought by former students of Donald Trump’s now-defunct education company, who allege that the school failed to offer a proper real-estate education—was set to begin Nov. 28. But yesterday (Nov. 10), lawyers for both Donald Trump and the former students agreed to enter settlement talks, meaning the case could come to a swift and quiet end, the AP reported.
According to Patrick Coughlin, an attorney for the students, previous attempts to settle the case had failed, because the two sides have “been miles apart.” Trump’s lead attorney Daniel Petrocelli didn’t give a reason for the sudden change of heart, but it’s not exactly hard to guess.
Trump and his campaign have not given an official response to the litany of allegations against his for-profit university, despite how public the scandal has been. (And also despite his enthusiastic threats of parallel legal action against some other parties, including members of the media and women who’ve accused him of sexual misconduct.)
Perhaps it’s just business as usual at this point: a USA Today investigation found the real estate mogul and his companies have been involved in no fewer than 4,095 lawsuits over the past three decades. In case the Trump University suit does end up going to trial, Petrocelli yesterday also asked for it to be delayed until sometime next year. For what reason, the judge asked?
“In view of Mr. Trump’s election as president of the United States, your honor.”