President Trump sure is becoming popular pretty quick and it isn’t just because he won a 4-year stay in the White House. A federal judge finally ruled in a class action lawsuit that was filed in 2013 against Trump National Golf Club. The ruling was not in favor of the former president.
It was alleged that when Trump took over the golf course, the terms of these 65 plus, members memberships changed causing them to lose access to the club. The suit alleged that Trump refused to refund over $5 million in dues and was in breach of contract. The members felt that they were entitled to refunds of their membership deposits which ranged from $35,000 to $210,000 and also asked for their annual dues to be reimbursed.
Trump was ordered to reimburse the former members their deposits plus interest. The decision was reached on Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth Marra after hearing the case in August during a two-day non-jury trial. The members claimed they had “refundable” membership status under the former ownership.
Many private clubs that offer a refundable membership category allow members to pay dues until a new club member joins and can take over the payments. These existing members are then placed on a “resigned” list until their membership is transferred to someone new. The plaintiffs claimed that when Trump bought the club in 2012, he changed the rules and terminated their “resigned” or “refundable” status.
“As the owner of the club, I do not want them to utilize the club nor do I want their dues,” Trump wrote to the club’s members in December 2013, after buying the club. “In other words, we are committed to seeing Trump National Golf Club – Jupiter on the list of the best clubs in the world and if you choose to remain on the resignation list, you’re out.”