A U.S. district court judge on Wednesday denied Donald Trump’s request to throw out a lawsuit against his golf club in Jupiter, Florida, allowing the case to proceed as Trump prepares to take office in January, the Palm Beach Post reported.
Members of the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club & Spa, which Trump bought and turned into the National Golf Club, filed a lawsuit against Trump in 2013, accusing him of canceling their memberships without refunding their deposits to the old club. The Ritz club had a policy of refunding deposits. But when Trump let members join his new club, he cancelled their old memberships and did not return their deposits, according to court documents reviewed by the Palm Beach Post.
A judge gave the lawsuit class action status last year, expanding the number of plaintiffs in the case to 100, according to the Palm Beach Post. Eric Trump downplayed the suit last year, predicting that the Trumps would “win in a landslide.”
Trump last month settled his high-profile Trump University lawsuit. He paid $25 million for former students who accused the unaccredited school of pushing them to spend thousands but failing to deliver on the promise to teach students how to make profitable real estate deals.