Floridians lost out
As just reported in the national news media, Donald Trump has agreed to pay the New York and California complainants in the Trump University civil suit $25 million. They will all receive a full refund, and punitive damages are included. Trump has repeatedly claimed he does not settle lawsuits and that doing so would be an admission of wrongdoing. As is the norm, when any defendant settles in a civil case it is not legally an admission of guilt.
(READ: Trump University cases settled)
Trump University’s Florida students sought to have their case included in the multi-state class action suit. Their advocate for justice, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, refused to act on the evidence presented by the Florida complainants (the same as that presented in New York and California). So her constituents will not receive a dollar from the settlement — a real punch in the gut. What is the justification?
In 2013 Bondi was photographed sitting next to Trump at a lavish dinner at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach. Shortly thereafter, she received a $25,000 donation from Trump for her 2014 re-election campaign. Their friendship is well-documented.
In the same general time period, Bondi announced that her office would not be acting on behalf of Florida’s complainants against Trump University (which was forced to drop that name as it did not meet the standards to be called a university). Attorney General Bondi needs to reflect on her inaction and the message it sends about justice in Florida.
By: Christopher Bell