President Donald Trump Wednesday lost a legal fight over the Jupiter golf club he once led, where dozens of disgruntled members say they were charged thousands while not being allowed to play.
A federal judge ruled that Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter should pay $5.8 million to people who argued that while waiting for membership deposit refunds, they were charged annual dues and fees – even though they were barred from using the golf course, restaurant, spa and other amenities.
The ruling comes after a 3 1/2 year legal fight, which started when the leader of the golf club was a real-estate-mogul-turned-reality-TV-star who had not yet launched his run for president.
Norman Hirsch, of Juno Beach, is one of the people who filed the lawsuit. “How can you possibly think it was fair to charge us when [we] weren’t even allowed in the club?” he asked.