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Plaintiff attorney Jason Forge speaks after a hearing for a lawsuit against President-elect Donald Trump and the now-defunct Trump University Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, in San Diego.
About 7,000 former students from President Trump’s now shuttered real estate seminar business Trump University are due to receive checks in coming months — but some have died waiting.
The disclosure came as part of a court filing this week seeking to beat back a last-ditch appeal by a Florida litigant that could delay the payments from the $25 million settlement for months or years.
“For some class members, the relief is already too late,” wrote Rachel Jensen, a San Diego attorney that helped secure the settlement for the two class-action suits filed in federal court.
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Boyce Chait, 85, of Springfield, N.J.,died in January while waiting for a refund on his $34,995 Trump University “mentorship program” tuition.
Several other plaintiffs have died since the first lawsuits were filed in 2010, according to claims forms. Payments can still be issued to the estates of former students.
The seven-year legal battle came to a close in November, just after Election Day, when Trump attorneys announced they’d settle despite previous assurances the President and his company would battle the case at trial. The settlement was approved in March, and Trump admitted no wrongdoing.